Jetstar to start direct flights between the Gold Coast and Seoul

By tmsmile | May 03, 2019, 10:40 AM
Jetstar will being flying to Seoul Incheon from Gold Coast beginning Dec 8. Running thrice weekly Wed, Fri, Sun as JQ49.

Flight will begin in Sydney, departing INT T1 as a tag flight (or so it’s showing in the system on some days).

This will result in end of MELSIN flights.
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By tmsmile | May 03, 2019, 10:41 AM
Return flights ICNOOL (overnight Wed, Fri, Sun) are JQ50 and also tag to SYD
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By henrus | May 03, 2019, 12:09 PM
Not much of a surprise, a recent Jetstar survey asked about flights to Korea. Fares are now online with a round trip in February starting at $332 from the Gold Coast to Incheon.

In the long run this could also be good for flying to Europe as there is often plenty of award space from Seoul on oneworld, star alliance and skyteam carriers. Including the cheap 25,610 Etihad guest miles for a oneway ICN to Prague on Czech Airlines Business Class flatbed.
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By jrfsp | May 03, 2019, 12:51 PM
The SIN-MEL service wasnt great with 2 weekly service and a high cancellation rate
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By scottw | May 03, 2019, 01:50 PM
Very interesting. I was at a meeting this week about flights from Melbourne to Seoul. Out of Seoul, Melbourne is the number 1 destination not served by a direct flight and out of Melbourne, Seoul is the number 1 destination not served by a direct flight. Re-establishing MEL-ICN is Melbourne Airport’s top goal.

If Qantas doesn’t want to do it directly I’d suggest that Jetstar adding a direct MEL-ICN flight could make their investment in capacity in ICN more worthwhile. Margins on MEL-ICN would surely be better than OOL-ICN.

I fly MEL-ICN monthly and am personally very interested in direct flights. All of the current options are flawed. ICN has a lot more capacity now that Terminal 2 has opened.
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By moa999 | May 03, 2019, 01:56 PM

Flights commence 8 December

JQ49 OOL 1320 - 2200 ICN 357
JQ50 ICN 2330 - 0945+1 OOL 357


On 8/9 Dec it does seem to operate as a tag and seemingly does this on Fri and Sun but not Wed

JQ11 SYD 0850 OOL 0910 57

JQ50 OOL 1115 SYD 1345 61

The JQ11 numbering also works with the NRT flight which departs 1030. I think the other 787 is a NRT turnaround


Wed tag from Melbourne

JQ49 MEL 1045 OOL 1150 3

JQ50 OOL 1115 MEL 1430 4

Last edited by moa999 at May 03, 2019, 02.16 PM.
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By henrus | May 03, 2019, 03:57 PM
Very interesting. I was at a meeting this week about flights from Melbourne to Seoul. Out of Seoul, Melbourne is the number 1 destination not served by a direct flight and out of Melbourne, Seoul is the number 1 destination not served by a direct flight. Re-establishing MEL-ICN is Melbourne Airport’s top goal.

If Qantas doesn’t want to do it directly I’d suggest that Jetstar adding a direct MEL-ICN flight could make their investment in capacity in ICN more worthwhile. Margins on MEL-ICN would surely be better than OOL-ICN.

I fly MEL-ICN monthly and am personally very interested in direct flights. All of the current options are flawed. ICN has a lot more capacity now that Terminal 2 has opened.

You'd be surprised, The flight is being operated as a codeshare with Korean low cost carrier Jin Air... I suspect that just like the other Jetstar flights to mainland China, the focus here will be on ICN->OOL bookings rather than the other way around.
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By scottw | May 03, 2019, 04:22 PM
I’ve no doubt a focus on the ICN->OOL travel market makes sense. However, the case for reestablishing a ICN-MEL direct flight is compelling. There’s a view that building the case for it should be like the lobbying that went on to get JAL to fly to MEL. As soon as JAL decided to enter the market Qantas took Melbourne - Tokyo off Jetstar in order to compete. That was a 2-3 year lobbying effort though so it’s likely the same will be needed for Melbourne - Seoul.

Melbourne will be the biggest city in Australia within the next decade, Korea is Australia’s 4th largest trading partner and Australia is Korea’s 7th. The business growth is strong, student growth from Korea to Australia is strong and interest of Australian tourists in Korea is growing. It’s also relevant that the vast majority of Korean tourists are independent, not using package tours as is more common for China. Younger Koreans are less culturally tied to using Korean and Asiana.

The Sydney transit experience using the OZ/QF flight is terrible and the next best option, with CX, has some very tight layovers in Hong Kong. 3 weeks ago I missed a scheduled 50 minute connection and had to spend 7 hours in HKG waiting for the next CX flight to Seoul.

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By Warrior | May 03, 2019, 04:39 PM
OOL makes sense. It can capture Brisbane Sydney and Melbourne passengers with no backtracking and high frequency connections.


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By chanvw | May 04, 2019, 03:12 PM
OOL makes sense. It can capture Brisbane Sydney and Melbourne passengers with no backtracking and high frequency connections.



There would be some level of 'backtracking' for Brisbane passengers (at least driving ~1.5 hrs south on the M1).
Last edited by chanvw at May 04, 2019, 03.12 PM.
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