I recently flew from Sydney to the Gold Coast with Jetstar during COVID-19.
My journey began in Sydney’s South West suburbs. I caught the train to the airport which costs about $20 with an Opal Card. With COVID-19, some passengers on the train are wearing masks. Cleaners also regularly passed through the carriages wiping down all the railing.
The cool thing about the trains in Sydney is that they are double story. If you sit on the top deck you get a pretty good view. The seats also move back and forth so you can easily choose which way you want to face. The only downside, as with any public transport is that there’s always that one person who wants to listen to their “music” without headphones.
At Sydney Airport, it’s just a short walk and up a couple of flights of escalators to Jetstar checkin. I checked in online earlier in the day but still had to check in my bags. Jetstar is strict on carry on if it’s over 7kg (mine was 8kg). At most airports Jetstar have self checkin and baggage terminals available which makes things pretty quick. However, at Sydney airport you have to wait in line to have a staff member check your luggage so this took an extra 10 – 15 minutess.
Once at the front of the queue, I just showed the attendant my boarding pass on my phone. She checked my bag in in less than 30 seconds. Then it was on to security. With lower passenger numbers security is faster, but at Sydney airport they do ask you to remove larger electronics from your bags which takes a bit longer.
I grabbed a quick bite to eat in the terminal food court which has a decent selection including McDonalds, Red Rooster, Mad Mex, Sumo, Krispy Kremes, and a handful of other places. This is important because they don’t serve you anything on Jetstar domestic flights unless you choose to buy it onboard. You can also pre purchase meals via the website, but as it was a short flight I decided to eat at the airport.
After chowing down a burrito, it was a 5 minute walk to the gate (56) where they had already started boarding. During COVID-19, Jetstar offers a fly well pack which contains a face masks and some wipes to clean your tray table and arm rest.
Boarding a Jetstar flight is pretty fast as they use both the forward and rear doors.
If you are in the rear half of the aircraft, you will be asked to walk down the stairs, across the tarmac then walk up the stairs to board the aircraft.
Jetstar is a budget airline, so no entertainment is provided onboard. I made the most of my Amazon Prime Video subscription on my phone and made sure I preloaded a couple of episodes at the airport.
You can choose to purchase snacks or beverages onboard but complimentary food is not provided.
I had a window seat on this flight which allowed me to see out the window. This is a good get on a Gold Coast flight. You can catch a great view of the gorgeous beaches as you come in to land.
We departed Sydney at 6:40pm and landed at 8pm (7pm local time) so it was a pretty quick flight.
Once landed on the Gold Coast both forward and rear doors exit via stairs onto the tarmac. It’s such a great feeling to experience the Queensland warmth as you step out into the open air.
Gold Coast Airport
Gold Coast Airport is currently undergoing renovations but it’s still pretty easy to get around.
My bag only took 3-4 minutes to come out. It was then a short walk across the street to meet Danielle who was waiting to pick me up. If you are getting picked up by someone you know, they can’t wait in the pick up zone until you are there, but there are some shops nearby where you can park and wait.
If you land around meal time, Coolangatta has some great restaurant down near the beach.
Have you flown with Jetstar recently? What was your experience?