A new flight from Darwin to Uluru is expected to boost tourism in the Territory.
The new twice-per week Qantas route will start from April next year, connecting the Rock with Darwin and Adelaide and will draw more people to Central Australia from Asia and Europe.
Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said, “the new route between Darwin and Uluru is another win under the Northern Territory Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract more holiday visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians".
“We have been advocating for some time for a direct Darwin to Uluru service because of its potential to deliver a significant tourism and jobs boost in both the Top End and Central Australia.
“It’s great to have Qantas respond to that call,” she said.
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Research by the Department of Tourism and Culture earlier this year showed 68 per cent of travellers from Asia would consider taking a direct flight between Darwin and Uluru.
"The new service opens up potential for new tourist packages incorporating the Territory’s three key international tourism destinations: Uluru, Darwin and Alice Springs, meaning people will stay for longer in the Territory,” Ms Moss said.
The changes will come into effect from 31 March 2019, in time for the Easter school holidays.
Alice Springs residents will receive discounted fares of at least 20% and up to 30% off flights to Darwin for personal travel, available from tomorrow.
“Today’s announcement follows on from other new services that launched earlier this year including direct Donghai flights from China to Darwin, a new Jetstar service between Brisbane and Uluru and a Virgin service between Brisbane and Alice Springs".
“New flights means more visitors into the Territory, more local jobs and more money into the pockets of Territorians".
“While the reduction in some under performing services is disappointing, we will continue to work closely with our airline partners, including Qantas, to strengthen the viability of existing routes and increase demand to establish new routes.”
“This is a great outcome for the Territory.”
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