Jetstar Asia to Restart Singapore–Darwin Flights

The low-cost carrier plans to return to Australia on December 20, with initial departures scheduled three times a week.

An aerial view of Darwin’s city center and Parliament House. (Photo: Sandla/iStock)

Travel-starved Singaporeans planning a nature-filled getaway in Australia’s Top End can look forward to the relaunch of nonstop flights just in time for the year-end holidays. Jetstar Asia says it will resume its Singapore to Darwin services as early as mid-December, when an Australia–Singapore travel corridor is expected to open. More than 1.2 million travelers have flown on the route since it was first launched in 2008, but flights have been suspended since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thrice-weekly services between Singapore and the Northern Territory’s small but cosmopolitan capital are now due to begin on December 20, 2021, pending government and regulatory approval.

Jetstar Asia CEO, Bara Pasupathi, said it was exciting to begin preparations for Jetstar Asia’s return to Australia, starting with Darwin before expanding to other routes in 2022. “With Singapore’s strong vaccination rate and Australia on track to see 80 percent of the population vaccinated by the end of the year, we’re starting to plan the restart of our international flights between these COVID-safe destinations,” Pasupathi said in a statement.

“We will remain flexible, but based on the pace of the vaccine rollout, we want to make sure we’re ready to reconnect family and friends and provide our customers with more exciting destinations, such as the ever popular Top End, as soon as possible.”

The CEO added that the Qantas Group was also planning to resume services between Australia and Singapore “as soon as a travel bubble is formed,” with Jetstar Airways’ Singapore-bound flights from Melbourne scheduled to take off once more on December 19.

As part of Jetstar’s Fly Flexible policy, customers who book a Jetstar Airways (JQ) or Jetstar Asia (3K) flight before December 31, 2021 for travel before June 30, 2023, will be given one fee-free date change, though fare differences may still apply.

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