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Alice Spring adds Perth service for improved global connectivity

Alice Spring adds Perth service for improved global connectivity

The Darwin-based regional carrier Airnorth introduced operations between Perth and Alice Springs on Monday March 25. The 1,980-kiilometre service will be maintained 3-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with the 76-seat E170 aircraft. Airnorth becomes the only airline connecting to two Australian cities.

Flight TL361 departs Perth at 08:15 local time, arriving in Alice Springs at 12:15 local time. The return flight, operating as TL362, takes off from the Red Centre at 13:20 local time, touching back down in the West Australian capital at 15:05 local time.

What they said

Daniel Bowden, CEO at Airnorth, said: “This expansion not only strengthens our commitment to connecting people and places but also opens a world of opportunities for travellers seeking adventure, culture, and exploration. We believe this route will not only enhance connectivity but also foster economic growth and tourism in both regions and we can’t wait to see the positive impact this new connection will have on our passengers and the communities we serve. Additionally, with the 23,000 seats per annum available, we are poised to meet the growing demand and provide even more options for our valued customers.”

Rob Porter, Executive General Manager – Airports at Alice Springs Airport operator Airport Development Group (ADG), noted: “We are happy to have secured more services to Alice Springs reconnecting Central Australia to the West Coast. Airport Development Group has a long-term vision for the Territory tourism industry, and this is another significant step forward in pushing Central Australia forward as a key destination for travellers.”

Kate Holsgrove, Chief Commercial and Aviation Officer at Perth Airport, added: “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.”

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Territory Aviation Attraction Scheme yields results

This is the first time since June 2022 there is a nonstop service between Alice Springs and Perth. The route was previously served by Qantas. As Airnorth and the Australian flag carrier are codeshare partners, the new route opens up access for Alice Springs residents to one-stop travel options via Perth to a range of international cities including London LHR, Rome FCO and Paris CDG as of this July, while also enabling international visitors using Perth as a hub improved connectivity to the Red Centre.

Airnorth’s flights commenced just in time for the Easter break and school holidays in Australia, providing a boost to the visitor economy as Central Australia heads into the peak tourist season.

The service is a direct result of the Territory Aviation Attraction Scheme (TAAS), a local government initiative to improve aviation access and connectivity to the Territory. The new route was achieved in partnership with the Airport Development Group, with the TAAS securing three airlines and six new routes for the Territory since it was launched in July 2023.

The Perth route adds to Airnorth’s existing services from Alice Springs to Darwin, Katherine, and Tennant Creek.

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