Jetstar is committed to providing a consistent customer experience and to minimising any inconvenience to our passengers in the event of a delay.

Despite our efforts, sometimes delays are outside our control, for example, when there is bad weather, unusual air traffic control circumstances, government operating restrictions or airport construction work.

    1. For Jetstar operated international flights to or from the United States that are delayed at a US airport, Jetstar will follow this Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan in accordance with the US Department of Transportation's Rules on Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections.
      a) We will not permit arriving aircraft to remain on the tarmac for more than four hours before allowing passengers to disembark, and we will not permit departing aircraft to remain on the tarmac for more than four hours before the pilot requests permission to, or the pilot begins maneuvering the aircraft to, return to the gate or other suitable disembarkation point, unless, for an arrival or departure delay:
        i. the pilot-in-command determines that there is a safety or security reason why the aircraft cannot leave its position on the tarmac to allow passengers to disembark; or
        ii. Air Traffic Control advises that returning to the gate, or permitting passengers to disembark would significantly disrupt airport operations.
      b) We will provide adequate food and potable water no later than two hours after the beginning of a tarmac delay, unless the pilot-in-command determines that safety or security considerations preclude such service.
      c) We will provide operable lavatory facilities, as well as adequate medical attention if needed.
      d) We will provide passengers on the delayed flight with notifications regarding the status of and reasons for the delay, if known, when the tarmac delay exceeds 30 minutes.
      e) Where there is an opportunity for passengers to disembark, we will inform them every 30 minutes throughout the delay that they have the right to deplane from the aircraft.

    2. Jetstar will provide sufficient resources to administer this Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan.
    3. We will ensure this Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan has been coordinated with the relevant airport authorities, as well as with US Customers and Border Protection and the Transport Security Administration at each U.S. airport Jetstar regularly serves (including U.S. diversion airports).
    4. Unless we advise passengers otherwise, in the case of Jetstar marketed codeshare services (i.e., flights with a "JQ" flight number that are operated by another carrier), the operating carrier's tarmac delay contingency plan applies to any tarmac delay at a US airport.