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At midday today, Jetstar will launch the sale of fares for direct flights from Newcastle Airport to Cairns, with prices starting at $69, one way.

The service, which commences on 23 June and will initially run until 4 October, is the latest in a series of new connections Newcastle Airport has announced in recent months.

The service offers the people from our region the first ever opportunity to travel directly to this hugely popular tropical Queensland destination.  

Speaking today, Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock said it was a fantastic result for the community at a time when confidence in travel was growing quickly.

“Our community has had a tough year and people really deserve a holiday. Where better than a tropical destination with direct access from our local, stress free airport.”

“We see this service as a great example of delivering the airport our region deserves,” he said.  

“And the timing couldn’t be better. As domestic travel restrictions continue to lift and fares remaining competitive, people are keen to get away and explore the far reaches of Australia.”

“The direct connections and a flight time of only 2 hours 45 minutes, effectively makes tropical Queensland much closer. Less time waiting for connections or driving to Sydney means more time enjoying your holiday.”

“We also expect to see thousands of people from tropical Queensland come down to our part of the world and enjoy all that our region has to offer.”

Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said this was the latest new route to launch, as Jetstar continues to expand its domestic network, in response to increased travel demand.

“The demand for leisure travel in Australia continues to be really strong, and Jetstar is in a great position to be able to add more flights to connect more destinations across the country.

“We’re expecting to see great demand between Cairns and Newcastle, which will boost local jobs and support local tourism economies.”

Flights will operate three days a week, on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, with an initial 15-week season on offer.

Expectations are that the season will be extended or flight frequency increased if demand for the service is strong.

Tickets are on sale from today at midday via Jetstar’s website:

Key Facts

Start date: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Frequency: 3 return flights per week

Fares: introductory sale fare from $69 one-way


Flight schedule

Flight number 

Depart  Arrive  Day  Flight time 
JQ891 Newcastle 10:25  Cairns 13:10  Monday  2h 45m
JQ891 Newcastle 15:15 Cairns 18:00 Wednesday  2h 45m
JQ891 Newcastle 18:45  Cairns 21:30  Saturday  2h 45m
JQ890 Cairns 07:10  Newcastle 09:45  Monday  2h 45m
JQ890 Cairns 12:00 Newcastle 14:35  Wednesday  2h 45m
JQ890 Cairns 15:30  Newcastle 18:05  Saturday  2h 45m

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