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Hobart - Adelaide flights

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:23 am
by Roderick Smith

Jetstar to bring back direct flights from Hobart to Adelaide.
Hobart 'Mercury' August 7, 2017.
THE return of direct flights between Hobart and Adelaide strengthens the case for the Australian Federal Police to return to Tasmania’s biggest airport, Premier Will Hodgman says.
Jetstar announced it will offer direct flights from Hobart to the city of churches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November 14, with sale flights of $59 each way kicking off on Wednesday.
Up to 55,000 people are expected to travel on the flights each year.
Jetstar Group chief commercial officer Catriona Larritt said increasing demand was the driver of the new route.
“Over the last 10 years, tourism in Tasmania has changed a lot — Mona opened in 2011 and I think that changed the landscape here so we’re confident of the demand that will be generated,” Ms Larritt said.
“We’ll start with three flights a week, if demand exceeds that, we’re always adjusting our schedule to provide what customers want.”
The last airline to offer direct flights between Adelaide and Hobart was Tiger Airways, but the service ended in 2010 because of diminished demand.
Jetstar also ended its former direct service in 2006.
At present, passengers wanting to travel to Adelaide from Hobart have to fly via Melbourne or Sydney, with a travel time of between four and six hours.
The new direct Jetstar flights will be one hour and 55 minutes.
Jetstar cabin crew Mitch Guillot, left, and Hayley Summers, centre, with Premier Will Hodgman, Jetstar's Group chief commercial officer Catriona Larritt and Hobart Airport's interim CEO Matt Cocker. Picture: MATHEW FARRELL Mt Hodgman said the South Australian market was “ripe for growth.”
“Currently, around 5 per cent of all interstate visitors to Tasmania are from South Australia,” he said.
“Tourism Tasmania will shortly launch a marketing campaign targeted at South Australian residents.
“Importantly, this new link will improve access to Tasmania for international visitors, with overseas visitors now able to connect directly with Tasmania via Adelaide.”
More than 2.4 million passengers travelled through Hobart Airport in the past 12 months.
Mr Hodgman said the new route and tourism growth would help build the case for a returned AFP presence at the airport.
“The Commonwealth are reviewing airports across the country, including in Tasmania, and I’ve spoken to the Prime Minister about that and we continue to advocate very strongly,” Mr Hodgman said.
“If there is a material change to the security threat in Tasmania, I’m assured there will be a change to security arrangements here in Tasmania.”
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said other markets could be looked at in the long term such as Perth, the Gold Coast and Auckland, but each would have to have a sustainable case built up.
“We’ve always had this challenge of getting people down here — we know we’re a desirable destination and when you provide new services through low-cost airlines, the market will respond,” Mr Martin said. ... 30cab5842f