Jetstar will add 40,000 seats to flights to and from the Sunshine Coast Airport
Jetstar will add 40,000 seats to flights to and from the Sunshine Coast Airport Lee Constable

Jetstar to deliver 40,000 new seats on flights for Coast

JETSTAR has announced an extra 40,000 seats for flights in and out of Sunshine Coast Airport.

The increase in the summer schedule is, according to the airline, due to strong demand.

The summer season runs from November 2015 to March 2016 and the airline is also increasing seat capacity at Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast.

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand Head of Commercial Nigel Fanning encouraged Queensland tourism and hospitality operators to gear up for a busy summer with demand on the rise.

"We're seeing increasing bookings to popular Queensland holiday spots as the changing value of the Australian dollar makes domestic travel more appealing for some of our customers," Mr Fanning said.

"With the largest low fares fleet in Australia, we have a unique ability to meet this increasing demand for leisure travel.

"These extra flights are not only great news for tourism and hospitality operators up north, they will also provide more opportunities for our Queensland customers to get away and explore Sydney and Melbourne with our low fares this summer."

Much of the extra Queensland flying originates in Melbourne, where growth is set to thrive as Jetstar moves to become the lead tenant in Melbourne Airport's Terminal 4 from 10 November 2015.

Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said it was great news for Queensland tourism and a real vote of confidence for the industry.

"Our Great Barrier Reef and beautiful beaches are some of the world's most iconic tourist destinations and now they'll be even more accessible with Jetstar's additional flights", Ms Jones said.

"More southerners will now be able to enjoy a Queensland summer holiday so our tourism operators should get ready for a busy season."

The move to boost domestic flying to Queensland comes as Jetstar finalises preparations to launch its first direct link between the sunshine state and China next week.

Jetstar's inaugural Wuhan-Gold Coast service is set to land at Coolangatta Airport next Wednesday 30 September with more than 300 Chinese visitors on-board.

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