Qantas has unveiled plans to launch direct
flights between Melbourne and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Subject to regulatory and government approval, the
national carrier will operate thrice weekly return flights between
the two cities using widebody Airbus A330 aircraft, starting 16
Qantas A330 reg: VH-EBJ. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
The new service adds to Qantas’ flight from Sydney
and will increase seats to and from Jakarta by more than 6,600 per
month, supporting the growing trade and tourism links between
Australia and Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country.
The route is also expected to be popular
with travellers connecting to and from other major Indonesian
cities such as Surabaya and Medan.
“Victoria is an incredibly important part of our
network and we’re seeing strong demand for travel to and from
Melbourne,” said Qantas Domestic and International CEO, Andrew
David. “We expect these flights to be popular with Victoria’s
large Indonesian expat community wanting to visit family and
friends back home as well as offering a new gateway for travellers
looking to explore the region. Indonesia is a rapidly growing
economy and home to more than 270 million people.”
Melbourne-Jakarta is the third new international
route out of Melbourne to be added to the Qantas network since
borders reopened, following the launch of flights to Delhi and
Dallas Fort Worth.
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