Jetstar’s website has been clogged by Australians eager to make the most of heavily discounted flights in what’s hoped to be a massive boost for the struggling domestic travel industry.
Jetstar's website has been clogged by Australians eager to make the most of heavily discounted flights in what's hoped to be a massive boost for the struggling domestic travel industry.
Fares will cover 35 routes across 15 destinations in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
There are 200,000 heavily discounted tickets up for grabs, including 10,000 seats on sale for $19.
Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans said the flights were timed around states' border reopening dates, but customers had the option to get fee-free date changes up to the time of travel.
Queensland has flagged July 10 as a potential date for reopening its borders but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that would be reassessed at the end of June.
"We surveyed 12,000 Jetstar customers and 70 per cent of them said they are really looking forward to taking a holiday in the next six months," Mr Evans said.
"This is about enabling people to visit their family and friends – it's been a long time – enabling people to go on holiday and also to stimulate the economy, the tourism businesses, the local communities who have been doing it tough through this."
But those looking to snatch up the bargain flights have found themselves stymied by a clogged website as users flooded Jetstar's homepage as the sale went live at 9am.
Users trying to select flights were meet with a message reading: "We have a lot of people trying to contact us at the moment, and our systems are very busy. Please be patient."
The message advised those not looking to travel in the next three days to come back closer to their departure date – despite the $19 discounted tickets deal ending in three days' time on June 22.
The one-way routes include Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to Gold Coast, Melbourne to Byron Bay (Ballina), Brisbane to Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) and Adelaide to Cairns.
Other sale fares include Brisbane to Mackay from $49, Sydney to Hamilton Island from $79 and Brisbane to Darwin from $79.
Travel is for select periods between 14 July and 31 October.
More flights are expected to be added to and from Western Australia and Tasmania when a date is announced regarding the opening of borders.
Qantas is also getting into the frenzy, offering frequent flyer initiatives to get people back in the air.
The national carrier is offering 13 million frequent flyers triple points on all flights across 92 routes and 57 destinations from 27 June until 31 October.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Australians were itching to get out for a domestic holiday.
"Our research tells us more than 75 per cent of Australians intend to fly in the next six months," Mr Joyce said.
He said there is now increased flexibility on bookings to give customers "extra peace of mind".
"As the national carrier we have an important role to play in driving tourism and reviving the industry that has been devastated by COVID-19," Mr Joyce said.
"There are one million people who work in tourism across Australia. The entire industry, from hotel providers to small tourism operators, are struggling to make a post pandemic comeback.
"We have a lot of aircraft on the ground with fixed costs attached to them, so if we can put some of them back in the air by offering special fares, it's a positive for us, for our people, for tourism and for consumers."
Mr Evans said Jetstar was currently operating at around 10 to 15 per cent of pre-coronavirus levels, but he hoped to see that rise to 35 to 40 per cent in July and as high as 60 per cent in the coming months.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/jetstar-qantas-flight-sale-to-help-domestic-tourism-recovery-during-coronavirus/8ece7259-f5a2-42d9-aa5d-7df70f8ac4b0