AirNorth Launches New Direct Perth-Alice Springs Service

An Airnorth Embraer E170 approaches to land.
Photo Credit: Eugene Butler (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

Air travel between Western Australia and the Northern Territory gets a boost with Airnorth’s planned new non-stop service linking Alice Springs and Perth.

The Darwin-based airline will operate three weekly flights, conveniently scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

This expansion adds nearly 12,000 inbound seats to Western Australia annually, served by Airnorth’s comfortable Embraer E170 aircraft.

Boosting Tourism and Connectivity

Industry leaders expressed enthusiasm for the addition of this route.  Western Australia’s Tourism Minister, Rita Saffioti, highlights the new connection’s significance for tourism:

“We’re thrilled to welcome this direct link between Alice Springs and Perth. Introducing new domestic flights between these popular destinations opens doors to attracting visitors from across the country.”

Saffioti further commends the collaboration between Perth Airport, Airnorth, and the WA Government for enhancing aviation connectivity between the two regions.

An Airnorth Embraer E170 approaches to land.
Photo Credit: Bahnfrend, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Airnorth Celebrates Expansion

Airnorth CEO, Daniel Bowden, echoes the sentiment, expressing the airline’s delight in expanding its network within Western Australia.

Bowden emphasizes the route’s timely launch, coinciding with the highly anticipated dry season, a popular time to visit the region.

He details the aircraft used: “The Perth-Alice Springs route will be serviced by our E170 jets, offering comfortable seating for up to 76 passengers and adding nearly 24,000 seats to the market annually.”

Perth Airport Welcomes New Connection

Perth Airport’s Chief Commercial and Aviation Officer, Kate Holsgrove, emphasizes the importance of the new route for tourism in Western Australia.

“Airnorth’s new service provides a crucial link between Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Interstate travel is a significant driver of our tourism industry, and we’re delighted to connect Perth to Alice Springs.”

Holsgrove acknowledges the crucial role of government support. Perth Airport and the WA Government proudly back the new route.

“We extend our gratitude to Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti for the government’s ongoing commitment to fostering aviation connections in Western Australia.”

Exterior view of Perth Airport at dawn.
Kgbo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

About Airnorth

Airnorth is a regional airline that calls Darwin International Airport its home base. Here’s a breakdown of its key features:

  • Network: Their scheduled and charter flights service destinations across several Australian states including the Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia. They even extend their reach internationally to East Timor. Airnorth boasts a particularly comprehensive network within the Northern Territory, connecting remote towns to the capital city Darwin.
  • Fleet: Airnorth operates a varied fleet to cater to different routes. They have Embraer E170 and E190 jets for their larger capacity needs. For regional routes, they rely on Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft and Fairchild Metro 23 turboprops.
  • History: Founded in 1978, Airnorth holds the distinction of being the second-longest running airline in Australia, following Qantas, the national carrier. It started solely with charter flights, transitioning to scheduled services in the early 1980s.
  • Passengers: Airnorth carries over 300,000 passengers annually.
  • Partnerships: Passengers flying on Airnorth can accrue frequent flyer miles through the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

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