Qantas low-fare subsidiary Jetstar will be establishing a crew base in Cairns, Australia and will base at least three
aircraft over the next three years in the Queensland city.
“Establishing an Airbus A320 flight
crew base in Cairns will create 135 direct jobs” and will involve “positioning
three jet aircraft full time at Cairns International Airport within a three
year timeframe,” Jetstar says in a statement.
The move will “see the carrier
employ pilots, cabin crew and engineers on a permanent basis within the
regional city” of Cairns, says Jetstar, adding that
“this decision …will allow Jetstar to operate
additional domestic services from and into far north Queensland as will as
develop new routes”.
Queensland minister of state development Tony McGrady says in the statement that Jetstar
will receive a “support package” from the state government for opting to create
jobs in Cairns.
Australian federal and state
governments generally look favourably upon big businesses that choose to invest
in regional Australia and often provide financial
incentives to entice such investment.
Jetstar already has nonstop
services linking Cairns to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and today launched a four times weekly
Its sister carrier – Qantas’
international leisure carrier Australian Airlines – is also based in Cairns, a
city in Australia’s far north that is popular with
tourists visiting the Great Barrier Reef.