JETSTAR will soon start flying Gold Coasters to Mackay on a new direct and daily service announced today.
The new service, operated by Jetstar’s A320 aircraft, is scheduled to commence on June 28 this year and will provide an additional 131,400 seats annually between the two cities.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Paul Donovan welcomed the announcement, saying Gold Coast and Mackay airports have been working collaboratively for some time to bring the service to fruition.
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“We’ve known for some time that the numbers stack up for this service, the passenger demand is there, so we had a strong business case to take to the airlines,” he said.
Mr Donovan said a passenger survey conducted by Mackay Airport recently revealed that 85 per cent of passengers surveyed would like to see a direct service between the two cities.
“We also know that approximately 77,000 passengers utilising the Mackay to Brisbane service then on- travel to the Gold Coast annually.”
Mackay Airport General Manager, Rob Porter, said he was confident the new service would be a hit with fly-in fly-out mining personnel, holidaymakers and families.
“We have worked closely with Jetstar and Gold Coast Airport for some time to establish this service so we are really excited to see it take off,” he said.
“We are confident it will be well utilised by Gold Coast based mining personnel, people coming here to enjoy our beautiful region, catch up with family and friends or attend events in Mackay such as the Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival.
“Meanwhile, Mackay residents will look forward to enjoying all the Gold Coast has to offer,” Mr Porter said.
One-way fares between the two destinations are currently on sale from $49 until March 17 for selected travel periods in 2014.