More Jetstar flights good news for Tassie Tourism Mon 28 May 2012 Scott Bacon Minister for Tourism Download hi-res version A strong increase in Jetstar flights to Tasmania over the peak tourist period is a further sign of confidence in the State as a tourist destination, the Minister for Tourism Scott Bacon said today. Mr Bacon this morning joined Jetstar Group Chief Commercial Officer David Koczkar at the Hobart Airport to announce an additional 28 return services to Tasmania. From August 16, Jetstar will be running an additional seven flights a week between Melbourne and Launceston, and an additional seven flights a week between Sydney and Hobart. And in November, the airline will add an additional seven flights a week between Sydney and Launceston, and seven additional flights a week between Melbourne and Hobart. Mr Bacon said the additional flights would mean Jetstar would be offering more than 408,000 additional seats to and from Tasmania over the next financial year. "At a time when household budgets are tight, low-cost airlines are a vital component in our push to get more tourists to visit Tasmania," Mr Bacon said. "These additional services to Hobart and Launceston will go a long way to ensuring more people can access affordable flights to and from Tasmania over the peak period." Mr Bacon said the Government and Tourism Tasmania will continue discussions with all major airlines, to encourage them to grow their services to Tasmania "We are also continuing on the Tasmanian Access Strategy, which is aimed at delivering sustainable growth in services to and from the State… not just to benefit the tourism and hospitality sectors, but the broader economy as well," he said.