Jetstar's 12 millionth passengers touch down in Newcastle as airline industry rallies

Simon McCarthy
December 6 2023 - 4:30pm
Jetstar's 12 millionth passengers Jay Marlin and his wife, Abbie, with daughters Ava, 7 and Lyla, 5, and son Beau, 2. Picture by Marina Neil
Jetstar's 12 millionth passengers Jay Marlin and his wife, Abbie, with daughters Ava, 7 and Lyla, 5, and son Beau, 2. Picture by Marina Neil

It was the first time that Ava, Lyla and Beau had flown on an aeroplane. Their mum and dad, Jay and Abbie Marlin, were bound for a close friend's destination wedding come September next year, and a weekend away to the Gold Coast seemed like a perfect practice run.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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