Jetstar plans Darwin-Manila service in early 2011

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Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar plans to launch a direct service between Darwin and Manila from early next year.

It will operate the service, subject to regulatory approval, on a "multiple weekly" basis using Airbus A320 aircraft, says Qantas' low-cost subsidiary.

"Our intention to operate a future Darwin-Manila service will greatly appeal in the Philippines and importantly locally in Darwin where a new direct link to Asia can support ongoing business investment and where the Filipino-Australian community is amongst the largest in the city," says Jetstar's chief commercial officer David Koczkar.

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia already operates 17 times weekly between Singapore and Manila. Jetstar will be the only airline operating between Darwin and Manila if it successfully launches the flights.

The low-cost carrier also plans to increase the frequencies of flights out of Darwin. It will operate on the Darwin-Bali route 11 times weekly, up from daily, from 16 December.

It will also boost the frequency of its services between Darwin and Adelaide to daily from four-times-weekly from 10 December. From 27 March 2011, Jetstar will operate on the Darwin-Sydney and Darwin-Melbourne routes four times weekly each, up from three currently.