Australia's Jetstar to establish crew base in Cairns

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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 Cairns-Adelaide service.

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.