Virgin Australia is boosting flights between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin.
But the budget airline has not plans to stop through Katherine any time soon.
“Virgin Australia continually reviews its network and we have no current plans to commence services to or from Katherine,” a Virgin Australia spokeswoman said.
The airline is also updating its flight schedule to expand the airline’s presence in the region.
From September 5 Virgin Australia will add the following services:
- 1 extra service from Adelaide to Alice Springs to Darwin on Tuesday and Friday afternoons
- 1 extra service from Darwin to Alice Springs to Adelaide on Friday and Saturday mornings
- Virgin Australia’s Wednesday and Thursday flights from Alice Springs to Darwin will now depart at 5pm
- Virgin Australia’s new Friday afternoon service from Alice Springs to Darwin will depart at 5pm.
- All of Virgin Australia’s Darwin to Alice Springs services depart Darwin at 7am and arrive in Alice Springs at 9am.
Network and Revenue Management general manager Russell Shaw said the additional services would support local business and tourism growth as well as give travellers more flexibility with their flight options.
“We’re pleased to be offering additional flights to travellers between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin,” Mr Shaw said.
“The updated timings will also enable business travellers to spend full working days in Alice Springs on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
“With these new services, we will now operate a total of five return services per week between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin,” Mr Shaw said.
NT Airports CEO Ian Kew said “We are delighted to see Virgin Australia increase their services and make innovative changes to their flight timings, which will benefit both business and leisure travellers flying to and from Alice Springs”.
“Tourism is a key driver of the economy in Alice Springs and this additional access will also improve international connectivity,” Mr Kew said.