POSTED: 6:53 p.m. HST, Aug 1, 2012
Hawaii will soon have nonstop air service from the three largest markets in Australia.
Jetstar Airways said Wednesday it is reinstating flights between Melbourne and Honolulu for the first time since October 2007.
The Melbourne-based, low-cost carrier will fly twice a week between the two cities beginning Dec. 15 and increase service to three flights a week in March. Jetstar, which will use a 303-seat Airbus A330 on the route, already offers five-days-a-week service — with additional charters — to Honolulu from Sydney.
Jetstar’s addition of Melbourne, the country’s second-largest city with 4.1 million people, comes less than two months after Hawaiian Airlines announced it would begin offering nonstop flights between Honolulu and Brisbane three times a week beginning Nov. 27. The additions of Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city with 2 million residents, fills the void that was left when startup Air Australia shut down service from those two cities in February.
Sydney, the country’s largest city with 4.6 million people, already is served by Hawaiian, which flies daily to Honolulu, along with Sydney-based Qantas Airways, with three flights a week to Honolulu. Jetstar is a subsidiary of Qantas.