Airnorth says it will rely heavily on Australian travellers and the business sector to fill seats on a new route between the Northern Territory and north Queensland.
The airline will offer three direct flights a week between Darwin and Townsville from February 17.
Simone Saunders from Airnorth concedes it will take time to build up a tourist market on the route, and says the airline will focus on other sectors.
“There is a very, very strong underlying market for people who are currently transiting via Cairns or Brisbane,” she said. “(There are) things like the defence force, and business synergies between areas of mining and resources.
“We expect that it will be quite strong from a business traffic perspective.”
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