Qantas is to launch direct Melbourne-Darwin
services from May next year.
"The introduction of Melbourne-Darwin services
will help meet strong demand in the market and increase the
options available to our customers in the Northern Territory and
Victoria," said Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Mr Rob
Gurney. "We are delighted to be adding this important north-south
route to our network. The new Qantas services will support growth
in business travel and tourism between Melbourne and Darwin."
Qantas currently offers direct services between
Darwin and Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney, as well
as direct QantasLink flights to Alice Springs, Cairns and Gove (Nhulunbuy).
The new schedule will comprise three return
Melbourne-Darwin services operating on Tuesday, Saturday and
Sunday, while a fourth service would operate on Mondays during the
Territory's peak season from July-October.
The route will be operated by a two-class,
168-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
"Customers on Qantas CityFlyer flights enjoy
dedicated customer service desks, complimentary newspapers on
early morning flights and complimentary wine and beer after 4pm on
weekdays," Mr Gurney added. "Our frequent flyers on the
Melbourne-Darwin route will be able to access Chairmans, Business
and Qantas Club lounges in Melbourne and the Qantas Club lounge in
Darwin. For the convenience of business travellers, our Qantas
Meeting Rooms are also available in both ports."
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