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Qantas opens a new route to Jakarta

Qantas has opened a new route to Jakarta, thus expanding its presence in the Indonesian capital.

Starting 16th April 2023, Qantas will operate three-flights-a-week between Melbourne Airport and Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with the following schedule:

  • Melbourne-Jakarta
  • Departure time: 15:10
  • Arrival time: 19:15
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: QF39
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Jakarta-Melbourne
  • Departure time: 21:00
  • Arrival time: 06:40 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: QF40
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

The new service to the Indonesian capital will be served by Qantas’ Airbus A330-200 aircraft featuring Business Class and Economy Class.

Victoria is an incredibly important part of our network and we’re seeing strong demand for travel to and from Melbourne. We expect these flights to be popular with Victoria’s large Indonesian expat community wanting to visit family and friends back home as well as offering a new gateway for travellers looking to explore the region.

said Andrew David, CEO, Qantas – Domestic and International.

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The new service adds to Qantas’ flight from Sydney and will increase seats to and from Jakarta by more than 6,600 per month, supporting the growing trade and tourism links between Australia and Indonesia. The route is also expected to be popular with travellers connecting to and from other major Indonesian cities such as Surabaya and Medan.

Indonesia is a rapidly growing economy and home to more than 270 million people. As one of Australia’s closest neighbours, these new flights will also help support the growing trade and investment links between our two countries. We’d like to thank the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport for their support and collaboration on the launch of this new route.

added David.

Melbourne-Jakarta is the third new international route out of Melbourne to be added to the Qantas network since borders reopened, following the launch of flights to Delhi and Dallas Fort Worth as the airline responds to strong demand for travel.

Qantas will face competition from Garuda Indonesia on Melbourne-Jakarta route. The flag carrier of Indonesia operates thrice-weekly flights on this route using Airbus A330s.

The route will see doubling of capacity instantly. The good thing is that both the airlines’ flights will only overlap on Sundays, meaning that there will be service on five days of a week, from either airline depending on the day of the week.

Meanwhile, Qantas has announced that it will return to New York in June 2023 with one stop flights via Auckland.

Featured image by Qantas

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