Jetstar to take off again from Avalon
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Jetstar’s first flight from Avalon in almost nine months will take off in time for Christmas, with services between Avalon and Sydney resuming on 18 December with fares from $71^.
The twice-daily return service follows the New South Wales government’s announcement last week that borders will open to Victoria.
This will be the first time Jetstar has operated between the two destinations since 31 March, and represents around 40 per cent of flights on the route compared to the same time last year.
Jetstar will continue to monitor the easing of restrictions between Victoria and other states and will add more flights from Avalon where there is demand.
Customers with existing bookings between Avalon and Sydney prior to 18 December, as well as customers with existing bookings to Gold Coast and Adelaide in December (where the borders have not opened to Victoria), will be contacted in the coming days with a range of alternative options.
Comments from Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans
“We’re excited to bring back low fares to Avalon, helping to reconnect family and friends and give more people the opportunity for a holiday after what has been a tough period for many.
“We’ve seen huge demand for flights between Victoria and New South Wales since last week’s announcement, so we expect travellers will be quick to take advantage of our low fares out of Avalon.
“As well as providing a direct link to Sydney, the resumption of services will help boost tourism back into Victoria, with Avalon being the gateway to the state’s famous Great Ocean Road.
“This is an exciting milestone in rebuilding our network - providing more low fares to more people and also getting more of our team back in work.”
Comments from Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings
"We look forward to welcoming Jetstar and passengers back to Avalon Airport. It has been a long COVID period for everyone and we thank Jetstar for their ongoing long term commitment to Avalon and our loyal customers.
"We have been busy adapting to a COVID world, with significant upgrades to the check-in infrastructure, security systems and social distancing protocols. This includes a CT scanner that allows passengers to leave their laptops in their bags, as well as the option to use touchless check in kiosks and auto bag drops.
"We have also significantly reduced our car parking prices, with free parking for the first 2 hours and $5 a day thereafter. This will apply to all passengers parking in the short term car park for the first month of operations.
"2020 has been a tough year for all, and we can't wait to see so many people, separated due to state border restrictions, be reunited with loved ones."