||Australia : New direct Jetstar flight from Brisbane touches down in Uluru
||The Territory Labor Government welcomed the inaugural Jetstar flight arriving in Uluru direct from Brisbane.
The new three per week service delivers direct flights between the two destinations, providing domestic and international tourists unprecedented access to the Red Centre and its rich cultural experiences.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss and Jetstar Groups Executive Manager, Alan McIntyre arrived on the inaugural Jetstar flight from Brisbane landing at Ayers Rock Airport (Yulara/AYQ) this morning.
Uluru is one of the most significant tourism assets for the Territory and Australia.
In years ending December 2015 to 2017 (3 year average), Uluru attracted a 65 per cent majority of international holiday makers to the NT, reflecting its position as the primary NT drawcard for overseas tourists.
This new service presents a significant opportunity to better serve the European, South East Asian, Chinese, Japanese and North American source markets with an additional option when connecting through to Uluru, in addition to providing Queenslanders with a direct service to Uluru.
This new flight is another win for the Territory Labor Governments record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract more holiday visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.
Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss
Speaking from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Minister Moss congratulated Jetstar Executive Manager Alan McIntyre on the inaugural flight and said the new service confirmed the airlines confidence in the Territorys tourism industry.
Its exciting to welcome a new airline service to the NT. Its a boost for the Tourism industry and for local jobs.
Uluru is one of the most significant cultural assets for the Territory and Australia, visited by thousands of travellers every year.
We know that other areas of the Central Australia perform well when Uluru is doing well, for example 51 per cent of international holiday visitors to Lasseter also spend at least one night in Alice Springs.
As part of Territory Governments recent $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package, $10.85 million is being invested in cooperative marketing campaigns with our airlines partners to drive demand on new and current air routes.
We will continue to work closely with our airline partners to strengthen the viability of existing routes and increase demand to establish new routes.
Quotes from Jetstar Executive Manager, Alan McIntyre
Tourism in the Northern Territory continues to grow, particularly from Queensland where tourism from the sunshine state to the Territory grew by twenty per cent.
We are seeing great demand for this new service with travellers, including many families, taking advantage of the new direct flight to Uluru, one of Australias most iconic destinations.
With a flight time of just three-hours from Brisbane, its clear that the Red Centre is going to be an incredibly popular destination for Queenslanders and were excited to be the first and only airline to operate this route.
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