The South West’s tourism industry is positioned for take-off, with Jetstar to operate direct flights from Melbourne to Busselton from next year.
The first commercial direct route linking the East coast of Australia with the internationally-renowned Margaret River region was announced today by the State Government, Jetstar and the City of Busselton.
In a game-changer for the South West, visitors will be able to fly directly into the region from March 25, 2020, opening up an exciting new era of opportunity for the region.
The air service is expected to be a catalyst for further investment, providing an economic boost to the South West.
Services will run three times a week – year-round during daylight hours – between Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine and Busselton Margaret River Airport, bringing thousands of visitors into the region each year.
Visitors will be able to fly on an Airbus A320 and enjoy the kaleidoscope of high-quality experiences that have contributed to the South West being one of Western Australia’s premier regional tourist destinations.
The State Government has spent $43.25 million towards the development of the airport and airline attraction, and will invest a further to $3.265 million to upgrade terminal infrastructure to allow Jetstar’s air service to commence in March 2020.
The State Government, through the South West Development Commission and Tourism WA, has worked closely with the City of Busselton to take the project from the business case stage to development to securing an airline service.