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Jetstar launches direct flights to Margaret River

Posted: 4 October 2019 6:09 pm

Margaret River.

Flights now on sale from just $89 each way.

Earlier this year Jetstar launched the first ever low-cost flights between Australia and Seoul, South Korea.

Now, the low-cost airline has its sights much closer to home, today becoming the first airline to offer a direct scheduled service between Melbourne and Busselton aka the gateway to the Margaret River Region.

And, in true Jetstar fashion, the airline is celebrating with a dirt-cheap route launch sale. In it, you can score tickets between the two cities for just $89 each way or $178 return. No, seriously.

Here's the fine print. You have to fly between 25 March and 31 August 2020 excluding peak school holiday dates. You also have to book your seats by 11.59pm on 8 October 2019 or before seats sell out. Miss the deadline and the price will increase to its standard RRP of $139 each way.

But more on the new flights. They officially take off on 25 March 2020 and when they do, will depart three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The good news is that they're timed exceptionally well, leaving Melbourne Tullamarine Airport at 8am and arriving in Busselton at 9.05am (10.05am outside of Eastern Daylight Saving Time). The return journey takes off from Busselton at 9.40am (10.40am outside of EDST) and arrives back in Melbourne at 4.10pm.

With Busselton Airport just 50 kilometres from the Margaret River Region, this new route is a godsend for Melbournians looking for a cheap break over a long weekend. You can literally leave the city on Saturday morning and be back by Monday afternoon.

"Direct flights from Melbourne will save east coast customers the three-hour drive from Perth, putting the destination within easy reach for a short break away," said Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans.

"And for residents of the south west it will open up the possibility of a mini break on the east coast with direct access to the sports, culture and extensive shopping on offer in Melbourne."

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