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Jetstar restarts Japan flights

Jetstar’s flights between Tokyo and Cairns take off today after a nearly two and a half year hiatus. This key milestone will be followed by the resumption of services between Cairns and Osaka (Kansai) on 26 July.

The Cairns-Tokyo route is operated five times a week with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Flight JQ25 departs Cairns at 11:10, landing at Narita at 17:40. The return flight JQ26 takes off from Narita at 20:15, arriving in Cairns at 04:35.

The Cairns-Osaka route is operated four times a week, also with a Dreamliner. Flight JQ15 departs Cairns at 12:25, arriving in Osaka at 18:25. The return flight JQ16 takes off from Osaka at 21:05, landing in Cairns at 05:15.

Jetstar is also planning to restart Gold Coast-Tokyo services three times per week from 2 August. JQ11 will depart the Gold Coast at 10:35 every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, landing in Narita at 18:45. The return flight JQ12 will depart at 21:00, landing at the Gold Coast at 06:40.

Jetstar’s parent Qantas hasn’t yet resumed its services to Japan, no doubt because of the ongoing border restrictions. Qantas is planning to resume Sydney-Tokyo flights from 12 September, but this is probably based on the assumption that Australians will be allowed to visit by then. There’s a solid chance this date will be delayed.

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