Planning on flying to Uluru any time soon? Because you can say goodbye to stopovers. Jetstar this morning launched new direct flights between Brisbane and Uluru’s Ayers Rock Airport.

The three-per-week service will be operated by a Jetstar Airbus A320 aircraft, taking up to 28,000 additional travellers to the Northern Territory each year. Jetstar estimates the flights will cut at least six hours from the journey for Brisbane flyers.

“Tourism in the Northern Territory is booming, particularly from Queensland where travellers from the sunshine state grew by almost twenty per cent last year,” Jetstar group executive manager Alan McIntyre said in a news release.

“Today’s inaugural flight was fully booked and we are seeing strong forward bookings, particularly from families and international travellers connecting from Brisbane … we’re excited to be the first and only airline to operate the direct route.”

Jetstar’s new route marks the first time there’s been a direct commercial flight between Brisbane and Uluru. Flights from Brisbane to Uluru start at $179 one way.

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