JetStar Airways announced a new direct route between Hobart and Adelaide. The first flight will take off later this year. This will be the only service between the two cities.
Flights will operate three times per week. Starting on November 14, service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. JetStar will use 180-seat Airbus A320s on the route. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday. A 12-hour sale will allow customers to buy tickets for $59 each way (regular fares will be $65).
“Over the last 10 years, tourism in Tasmania has changed a lot. Mona opened in 2011 and I think that changed the landscape here, so we’re confident of the demand that will be generated,” says Catriona Larritt, CCO of Jetstar Group. “We’ll start with three flights per week. If demand exceeds that, we’re always adjusting our schedule to provide what customers want. Tasmanians love our low fares, and, last year alone, Jetstar transported over 2 million customers into and out of Tasmania.”
Flights will depart Hobart at 5:45pm and arrive in Adelaide at 7:15pm. Return service will depart Adelaide at 7:45pm and arrive in Hobart at 10:05pm.
The timing of these flights allow for greater tourist access. The late flights allow travelers to have plenty of time to come in to their respective airports on a connecting flight.
Today, prior to the launch of the route, customers have to connect through Melbourne or Sydney, Australia. The current travel time could amount to over six hours. Including check in and increased security in Australia, that could mean that passengers are traveling all day. Now, travelers can access the capital of Tasmania in less than two hours from Australia.
This is the first time in seven years that Hobart and Adelaide have been connected directly. TigerAir served the route most recently, but stopped service in 2010.
Adelaide is the fifth destination that JetStar flies to from Hobart. In total, JetStar flies to and from Tasmania with 170 weekly flights, 65 of which are from Hobart. The airline, a low-cost subsidiary of Qantas, claims to operate for flights to Tasmania than any other carrier.