Jetstar to boost Cairns services and raise route capacity

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Australian carrier Jetstar Airways plans to increase the frequency of its services to and from Cairns, with an increase of more than 200,000 additional seats planned during the financial year 2012/13.

Jetstar will boost its frequency from Cairns to Gold Coast, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide from 13 September. The carrier will also increase the number of flights on its Melbourne-Townsville route from three to seven a week.

In addition, Jetstar will replace Qantas services on the Cairns-Sydney route from 23 August.

The airline's existing routes will receive additional capacity to destinations including Ballina-Byron, Newcastle, Hobart and Launceston.

The announcement is part of Jetstar's plans to increase its total domestic capacity by more than 1.2 million seats during the fiscal year, says the airline.