Victorian travellers now have access to another international route out of Melbourne with the national carrier today launching new flights direct to Jakarta.
The year-round service will complement Qantas’ currently scheduled flights from Sydney to Jakarta by operating three days per week on an Airbus A330. Together, these routes give passengers more travel options and over 300,000 yearly seats between Australia and Jakarta than any other airline.
Following the introduction of flights to Delhi and Dallas-Fort Worth, the new service marks the fourth foreign route to be added to Qantas’ network from Melbourne since borders were once again opened. Last month, Qantas started flying flights from Melbourne to Tokyo again, using Haneda Airport for the first time. This allowed passengers to get to and from downtown Tokyo in just under two hours less time than they would have had to use Narita Airport, where the trip had been operating prior to the epidemic.
The route is anticipated to be well-travelled by passengers heading to and from other significant Indonesian cities including Surabaya and Medan.
The new route, according to Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David, would assist the expanding economic and political ties between Australia and Indonesia.
“We continue to see really strong demand for travel to and from Melbourne, so we’re pleased to be expanding our international network with another new route of out Victoria,” said Mr David.
“Jakarta is becoming an increasingly important destination for our corporate travellers. These direct flights offer more choices and make it even easier for them to do business with one of Australia’s closest neighbours.
“The route is also a great opportunity for more Indonesians to explore the best of Victoria or visit family and friends, with the flights launching in time for the Lebaran holiday period.
“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport for their support on the launch of this new route.”
Up to 106 round-trip flights from Australia to Indonesia are run by the Qantas Group each week, including Qantas and Jetstar service from Melbourne to Bali.
Recently, Qantas announced a multi-million dollar investment across all cabins in its domestic, international, and regional network in new menus, bigger meals, and premium products. The new menu revisions, which coincide with autumnal foods and plant-based alternatives, went into effect last month. Some of the food options available on Qantas’ Melbourne-Jakarta flights include grilled fish with red chilli sambal, stir-fried kai lan and steamed jasmine rice, and beef goulash with capsicum, buttered green beans, roasted potatoes, and black pepper sour cream.