The first Jetstar flight direct from Sydney to Uluru landed in the Red Centre on Tuesday (4 June) and 180 passengers were welcomed with a traditional Aboriginal Inma on the tarmac as Traditional Elder Harry Wilson gave a Welcome to Country.
Jetstar Australia & New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, David Hall at the welcome event.
Jetstar Australia & New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, David Hall, was on board for the maiden voyage and said it was a history-making flight with a smooth landing.
“We’re thrilled to have expanded our low fare service to one of the world’s most iconic attractions and thanks to our low cost model, Uluru is more accessible than ever before.
“The cabin crew as always did an exceptional job of ensuring all passengers had a relaxing journey. There was a real air of excitement which continued to build as we drew closer to our destination,” said Hall.
Managing director at Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, Koos Klein, said travellers to the region will find the perfect base for an outback adventure.
“We have a comprehensive daily suite of free Indigenous guest experiences to enjoy at Ayers Rock Resort including spear and boomerang throwing and cultural dance performances,” said Koos.
“There are also a range of experiences to help you enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets such as camel rides, the Sounds of Silence or Tali Wiru outdoor dining experiences and much more,” said Koos.
180 passengers were welcomed with a traditional Aboriginal Inma on the tarmac.
Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Matt Conlan, was at the airport to welcome passengers as they arrived. The Minister said he was delighted by Jetstar’s decision to add Uluru to its domestic flight service.
“Jetstar’s decision to fly to Uluru will help ensure fares to the region remain competitive and is expected to help boost visitor numbers to the region, which will in turn help to secure local tourism jobs,” the Minister said.