Qantas commenced Darwin-Dili services yesterday, making it the first new ongoing international route from Darwin since 2008 and first international operation on the E190 aircraft.
With Dili just over an hour’s flight from Darwin, passengers from Timor-Leste can seamlessly transfer through Darwin to Qantas Group’s extensive domestic and international network to travel to other parts of Australia, and the world.
During the pandemic when international borders were closed, Qantas temporarily operated weekly flights between Darwin and Dili in partnership with the Australian government to maintain critical passenger and freight links.
For a start, three return flights will operate each week, and the service will be ramped up to five from July.
QantasLink COO Petrea Bradford, who travelled on the inaugural flight, said the national carrier’s new service would help strengthen the deep connection between Australia and Timor-Leste.
“After two years of closed borders, this new route is a key part of Qantas’ focus on rebuilding connectivity in the region for businesses, families and freight,” she added.
Qantas Group recently announced the E190 base in Darwin, creating more than 90 new local aviation jobs and servicing key QantasLink routes from the Northern Territory capital across Australia. This week also saw Cairns and Townsville added as two new domestic routes from Darwin.