Jetstar resumes direct flights between Cairns and Japan


Jetstar has resumed its direct flights from Cairns to Tokyo and Osaka after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic.

While Japan has yet to fully open its borders to oversees visitors, Japanese travellers are eager to get out and about.

“We’re already seeing a lot of pent-up demand from Japanese travellers eager to visit Australia,” said Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans.

“We look forward to welcoming an announcement from the Japanese Government about the easing of international restrictions, which will allow two-way travel between the two countries.”

Jetstar will begin with eight services per week – five flights between Cairns and Tokyo and three between Cairns and Osaka.

The region welcomed around 110,000 visitors back in 2019.

“Cairns has very close ties with Japan, which was one of our first major international tourism markets, and we look forward to rebuilding our connections again,” Tourism Tropical North Queensland CEO Mark Olsen said.