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Jetstar plans to reinstate Cairns?Osaka service
Jetstar has announced its intention to reinstate direct international services between Cairns and western Japan on the Cairns–Osaka route in December 2009 when it finalises commercial airport arrangements in Japan the service to occur.
The airline plans to introduce four times weekly A330 services directly between Cairns and Kansai International Airport in Osaka to further grow its Queensland to Japan services to 25 weekly return frequencies by the end of 2009.
The additional flights are subject to regulatory approval. “We have a positive relationship with Kansai International Airport, and are continuing our negotiations in relation to this proposed new service. We look forward to concluding this with a positive outcome,” said Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan. “However, with our commercial agreement with Queensland Airports, we have alternative international capacity options for Cairns, if we are unable to secure an appropriate arrangement.”
Jetstar currently sells 21 weekly two-class international services on Australia–Japan routes from Cairns to Tokyo (daily), Gold Coast to Tokyo (currently five times weekly, moving to daily from 29 March 2009) and Gold Coast to Osaka (daily) with its A330-200 fleet. These flights are supported by an existing three times weekly Cairns–Gold Coast A320 service that
allows one-stop same day access between Osaka and Far North Queensland for Japanese travellers via Jetstar’s Gold Coast hub. Jetstar is extending its existing Cairns pilot and crew base to include A330 international pilots to support growing operations from the city.
Buchanan added that the proposed new Jetstar international service between Cairns and Osaka would build on its existing market presence in Osaka via the Gold Coast–Osaka operations. The carrier ceased flights between Osaka and Cairns last December, which had originally begun in September 2007.
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