JETSTAR is using Cairns to service some of its Airbus A320 aircraft while three jets are now based in the Far North.
An airline spokesman said three Airbus A320 in Cairns were used to operate 60 weekly return flights to and from Adelaide, Darwin, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.
“In late September, four additional Jetstar Airbus A320 aircraft will move to Cairns Airport while our local engineers undertake scheduled maintenance work,” he said.
Cairns Airport head of aviation Garry Porter said the A320s would be based at the airport over coming weeks for necessary maintenance to ensure they were air-ready as domestic travel increased.
media_cameraA Jetstar Airbus A320 passenger jet plane touches down at the Cairns Airport. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
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Already two are parked off an unused taxiway next to the international terminal.
“Jetstar needs to have easy access to their inactive aircraft in order to easily prepare them to re-enter service as demand returns,” Mr Porter said.
“Cairns Airport is happy to work with our airline partners to provide a location to enable this,” he said.
media_cameraA Jetstar passenger jet plane takes off from Cairns Airport on a domestic flight. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
“The current situation with reduced aircraft movements has meant Cairns Airport is able to accommodate these aircraft on an available taxiway, without limiting operational capability.
“Jetstar currently provides the most seats of any airline serving Cairns with direct services to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin and Adelaide.”