Travel

Jetstar to cancel Hamilton Island to Brisbane flights

JETSTAR has announced it will suspend services between Brisbane and Hamilton Island, with the last flight to operate on October 20, 2014.

A Jetstar spokesman said the airline would continue to operate up to 12 flights a week into Hamilton Island with five returns services a week from Melbourne and seven per week from Sydney.

"Unfortunately, the [Brisbane] route, which is one of the shortest on our network, has dropped in performance during the past 12 months," the spokesman said.

"This comes at a time where we are seeing costs that are outside of our control increase, combined with an intensely competitive environment."

CEO of Hamilton Island, Glenn Bourke, said he was confident the destination would quickly adapt following Jetstar's commercial decision.

"Given the positive news that Qantas will be relaunching their flights to Hamilton Island in coming weeks, we will continue to have ample flights servicing the island," he said.

"We look forward to working with Qantas and expanding their service to the destination over time."

Cruise Whitsundays CEO Nick Hortle said the cancellation of the service was disappointing and would reduce capacity into the region.

"However on the other hand the advent of the Qantas service in July flying direct from Sydney will go some way to further opening up the region," he said.

"We are confident that other airlines flying from Brisbane to Hamilton Island Airport, as well as to [the] Whitsunday Coast Airport, will continue to grow and support tourism and development in the region."

Customers booked on the Jetstar services will be able to transfer their flight bookings to arrive and depart from Proserpine or are eligible for a full refund. Customers can also choose to re-route their flights to Hamilton Island from other Jetstar ports.

Topics:  flights hamilton island jetstar whitsundays


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

New brew in pipeline

CHEERS: Denman Cellars manager Ben Hayman and owner Jacqueline McLeod enjoy a cold one.

New brew in pipeline.

In love with business

Annie Lloyd-Lewis, All Ceremonies

Anne Lloyd-Lewis has gotten couples hitched for nearly 10 years

Chance to BOOST spirit of goodwill

GET INVOLVED: Boost Manager Nina Carr with Whitsunday Coast lifesaver Callum Docherty.

Purchasing a Boost Juice will do the community good

Local Partners

Possible irukandji sting on man and two infants

A MAN and two infants have been taken to Proserpine Hospital after being stung by jellyfish at Cape Gloucester this afternoon.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Puzzling film with 23 surprises

TERROR: James McAvoy in a scene from the movie Split.

Puzzling film with 23 surprises.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Long-awaited Rufus arrives

SEND OFF: Rufus wraps up their Full Bloom tour in Airlie Beach on Sunday.

THE long wait is almost over.

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!