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HERE COMES THE SUN: Flights from Newcastle to Cairns are back

Jetstar will again operate flights between Newcastle and Cairns, adding 110 new flights between June and October 2022.

With a flight time of just under three hours and fares starting from $109 flights are expected to fill quickly.

With the potential to carry up to 4,000 passengers per month, Newcastle Airport CEO Dr Peter Cock is confident the second season of direct flights between Newcastle and Cairns will be a success.

“People from our region love Tropical North Queensland, and the direct service between Newcastle and Cairns makes it easier than ever to get there,” Dr Cock said.

“Although border closures last year caused disruption to the first season, demand for travel in both directions is incredibly strong.

“Our region has eagerly re-embraced travel and we have already seen a return to our pre-pandemic traffic as of April this year.”

The season will kick off tomorrow, Saturday 25 June, and conclude on 29 October. However, Jetstar said it will be monitoring demand to assess whether the route will be extended beyond this timeframe.

“With the support of our region, we hope the Newcastle to Cairns service will extend beyond October 2022,” said Dr Cock.

The first Newcastle to Cairns will depart Newcastle Airport tomorrow afternoon at 3:15 pm carrying a load of excited travellers ready to warm up and unwind in Cairns. Tickets are on sale via Jetstar’s website jetstar.com.au.