Travellers can celebrate this month as Jetstar announces its direct flights between Melbourne and Busselton will kick off on February 1.
After a long postponement of ten months due to interstate border restrictions, the flights will finally see Melbourne travellers rejoice as they snatch up the opportunity to relax in one of WA’s top travel destinations.
City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said the flight announcement was “fantastic news” and he was “ready and eager” to welcome interstate travellers.
“We’re optimistic that with the tight health regimes in place, the service will be extremely popular,” he said.
The new flight start date closely followed yesterday’s announcement of the State’s border re-opening to Victoria and New South Wales today, after it was closed for a brutal eight months.
“It’s been a long time between holidays for many Australians and I can’t recommend a more beautiful destination than the South West corner of Western Australia,” Cr Henley said.
Jetstar will be the first commercial airline to link the Eastern States to the Margaret River Region, with flights set to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for $149 one-way.
Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said after a long period of border closures, they were happy to confirm the new start date.
“In recent weeks, we’ve seen firsthand the huge appetite Victorians have for travel after what has been a tough year, and we expect demand for these flights will be strong,” he said.
Jetstar is set to see three flight per week take off from Melbourne and head to Busselton, boasting around 1,100 weekly visitors.
“It’s also great news for Western Australian tourism, with the new service predicted to provide a huge boost in visitor numbers at a time when local operators need it most,” Mr Evans said.
The service is expected to bring more than 60,000 visitors to the Margaret River region over the next three years, and contribute more than $40 million to the WA economy over this period.
More information and fares are available by visiting Jetstar.com.