Jetstar’s direct Adelaide to Sunshine Coast service could save flyers $200+

Stephanie Yip 17 May 2016

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The massive time and money savings behind Jetstar’s new route.

Jetstar has announced that it will recommence its direct flight service between Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast starting 30 September 2016. This will see Jetstar operate the only direct flight between the two cities, shaving hours off holidaymaker flight times and upwards of $200 off fares.

This decision comes after growing demand for holidays in both Adelaide and Sunshine Coast. It is the first time this route will be in operation since 2008, when Jetstar was forced to cut it due to rising fuel prices. It is also part of Jetstar's return free Birthday Sale, meaning you can get return flights for the price of a one-way.

Flights will operate three times a week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings with regular one-way lead-in fares from $135. This price does not include airline fees such as those for checked-in luggage and credit card bookings.

Prior to these flights, the only way to travel to the Sunshine Coast on the low-cost carrier was via Sydney or Melbourne. This is still the case with competing airlines such as Virgin Australia, which raises the question: just how much will this new route save Adelaide holidaymakers seeking the sun?

We compared the flight times and prices against Virgin Australia and Qantas, the only other domestic carriers serving this route, and found that flyers can save upwards of $200 on a one-way flight alone:

Adelaide to Sunshine Coast flight comparison

Flight time (from)Flight cost (from)Number of flights availableChecked-in baggage feePre-selected seatCredit card/Paypal booking and service fee
Jetstar2 hours 20 minutes$1351$20 (20kg)From $6.50$8.50
Virgin Australia4 hours 25 minutes
(change Sydney or Melbourne)
$329.88523kg includedIncluded$7.70
Qantas
(Qantas flights only)
4 hours 40 minutes
(change in Sydney)
$368723kg includedIncluded$7.00 for credit card payments
$2.50 for debit cards

Note: the data below is for a one-way flight from Adelaide to Sunshine Coast on 30 September 2016. Low-cost airline Tigerair isn’t included as it doesn’t fly to Sunshine Coast.

Not only does Jetstar offer a shorter flight, it also charges a more affordable price for it, with base costs up to $233 cheaper than with a larger carrier. Of course, being a low-cost carrier, extras will not be included in your purchase price as they are with Virgin Australia and Qantas. On-board food, checked luggage and pre-selected seat will incur extra costs.

The biggest thing to keep in mind with the direct service is the limited number of flights on offer. At the moment only three flights are offered per week each way, meaning you’ll have to travel there and back on these days and set times or find alternate, indirect, flights to return.

Flight times from Adelaide to Sunshine Coast during October 2016 are as follows (times include daylight savings):

WednesdayFridaySunday
Adelaide to Sunshine Coast6:00am-7:50am6:00am-7:50am6:00am-7:50am
Sunshine Coast to Adelaide8:20am-11:35am8:20am-11:35am8:20am-11:35am

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