Regional carrier Airnorth has announced a new twice-weekly Townsville to Darwin service starting early next year.
The flights will be scheduled to connect with direct international connections from Darwin to Asian destinations including Bali, Singapore, Vietnam, East Timor and Manila.
The new link, which will start on February 17, 2012, with prices starting from $230 per person on the 78-seat jet.
Airnorth CEO Simone Saunders said the flights would benefit both business and recreational travellers.
“We are opening up more holiday options for North Queenslanders to visit Kakadu and Arnhem Land, the Kimberley and Pilbara regions in the west, and Timor-Leste (East Timor).”
Townsville Airport general manager Kevin Gill said, “It really gives Townsville residents a connection to Asia without having to go south to Brisbane before going North.”
He said Townsville Airport was continuing to negotiate direct international services from the city.
The latest link follows Airnorth’s introduction of twice-weekly flights between Gold Coast, Mount Isa and Darwin in 2009.