Monday, 7 October 2019

Jetstar to launch Australia’s only commercial airline service from the east coast to the Margaret River region


Travellers will soon be able to fly direct to the Margaret River Region with Jetstar announcing it will commence the first-ever commercial airline service between Melbourne and Busselton from 25 March next year.

Operated by an A320 aircraft, the three-per-week service will link the east coast of Australia with one of Western Australia’s top travel destinations and bring thousands of new visitors to the region annually.

Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said the airline expects strong demand from Melbournians wanting to explore a destination renowned for its food, natural beauty and surf beaches. “With its world-class surf breaks and incredible food and wine, a visit to the region is on the travel wish lists of many travellers. Direct flights from Melbourne will save east coast customers the three-hour drive from Perth, putting the destination within easy reach for a short break away."



“And for residents in the South West it will open up the possibility of a mini break on the east coast with direct access to the sports, culture and extensive shopping on offer in Melbourne. We’re really proud to be the only scheduled airline to fly directly to this region and we are thrilled to be working with the Federal Government, the Western Australian Government and the City of Busselton to help boost local tourism.”  Evans said.

The new service is predicted to contribute more than $40 million to the WA economy over the next three years, with more than 60,000 visitors in that time.

In July Lonely Planet named Margaret River and southern WA as the number one destination in Asia-Pacific to visit in the year ahead.





Flight #
Frequency
From
To
Depart
Arrive
JQ900
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Melbourne
Busselton
08:00
09:05*
JQ901
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Busselton
Melbourne
09:40*
16:10
*Outside of Eastern Daylight Saving Time, flights will arrive from Melbourne at 10.05am and depart Busselton at 10.40am.

About Busselton and the Margaret River region:

Margaret River is renowned for its 200+ wineries that produce some of Australia’s finest wines.
The region is also home to many of Western Australia’s top producers and suppliers of cheese, craft beer, olive oil, chocolate, bread and seafood and home to world-class chefs who draw their inspiration from local fresh produce and the stunning landscapes.
Visitors can choose from an array of award-winning winery restaurants, cafes, bistros and breweries dotted throughout the region.
Beyond great food and wine, many people visit the region for its pristine beaches, forests, walking trails, caves and laidback lifestyle.
Situated just 50km from Margaret River, Busselton is the gateway to the region with calm, picturesque beaches, kid-friendly attractions, a bustling café scene, fun bars and pubs.
The region features a busy schedule featuring sporting events (including pro surfing), film festivals, foodie feasts and special events.


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