Airnorth was welcomed to Alice Springs on 19 October with a traditional water cannon salute. The thrice-weekly ‘stopping’ service begins in Darwin, before touching down in Katherine and Tennant Creek en-route.
- Airnorth, the Australian regional airline, launched operations between Darwin (DRW) and Alice Springs (ASP) on 19 October. The service will stop twice, touching down on its bus stop style multi-sector operation at Katherine (KTR) and Tennant Creek (TCA) en-route. Operated by Airnorth’s 30-seat EMB 120s, the Darwin to Alice Springs city pair already has incumbents Qantas (13 times weekly) and Virgin Australia Airlines (thrice-weekly) flying on the route. The 1,305-kilometre sector will be flown thrice-weekly. NT Airports Director Commercial and Aviation Development Steve Prasser flew on the inaugural flight, which was met with a water cannon salute at Alice Springs. “It’s great to see Airnorth and the Northern Territory Government working together to link our communities through regular flights,” he said. “Access to a regular, public air transport service is important to the health and prosperity of the regions, and we can see that with support from all market segments, these services will make a sustainable contribution to the development of the Territory.” Airnorth CEO, Daniel Bowden said forward bookings on the initial services are encouraging. “Airnorth is proud to launch our Centre Run service today,” he said. “We have been pleased by the level of interest and support received since announcing this new service in September.” See how Alice Springs Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.