Jetstar announces new air route between Melbourne and Busselton





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October 04, 2019 15:25:15

A new direct air route between Melbourne and Busselton, in the south-west of Western Australia is expected to inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

Key points:

  • A new direct route between Melbourne and Busselton, in the south-west of WA, has been announced
  • Jetstar will fly between the two routes three times a week from March 2020
  • It will be the first time tourists from the east coast will be able to fly to the Busselton and Margaret River region directly

Low-cost airline Jetstar has announced it will start three flights a week between the two destinations from March next year.

It will be the first flight from the east coast to WA’s South West region.

Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said the flights will provide a huge boost to local tourism.

“We actually expect to see over the first three years of operation that Jetstar will bring around 60,000 people to the region and inject around $40 million into the economy,” he said.

Flights will provide a ‘shot in the arm’

Currently, interstate tourists who wish to access the Margaret River region have to fly in to Perth and drive three hours south.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said the deal had come after three years of talks with different airlines.

“This is fantastic news for our tourism industry, which really needs a shot in the arm,” Mr Henley said.

“It removes the impediment for short-term or longer-term travellers of the round trip [from the Perth airport] that has been a hurdle in the past.”

The new route follows major upgrades to the Busselton Margaret River Airport, including $45 million in funding from the State Government.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the Government will now spend an extra $3.2 million on upgrades to the airport’s terminal.

“We’re making available the money to provide the expansion of these facilities, including the screening material that we will obviously need for the A320 aircraft that is coming over,” she said.

Ms MacTiernan said she would wait to see the success of the three-year deal before releasing more state funding, which had been earmarked to build a new terminal at the airport.

“If and when the service becomes intrenched, as we hope it would over the next three years, and we see others wanting to come in, then we need to build a business case to justify building a new terminal,” she said.

Mr Henley said the announcement marked the first commercial passenger airline to use the upgraded airport.

“What’s an airport without aircraft and without passengers?” he said.

WA tourism ‘booming’

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said WA tourism was already booming and he did not expect this new route to negatively impact upon tourism to Perth.

“That’s not going to be something that happens because of three flights a week,” he said.

“Western Australia is going through a tourism boom.

“We’re getting more visitors from outside the state than ever before because of our action plan.

“This is just an additional boost to local tourism in the Busselton Margaret River region.”

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