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Darwin Airport receives 100m as Qantas announces MELDRW

first_imgDarwin Airport gets a $100m capital injection, asQantas announces MEL-DRW direct Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Darwin International Airport announced it is set to receive $100 million invested over ten years from Qantas Group, the same day the national carrier announced new direct Melbourne-Darwin services from May 2011.Darwin International Airport struck the new aviation pricing agreement with the Qantas Group on Monday 11 October.The agreement plans for more than $100 million to be invested in its airport facilities over the next ten years, including a $33.5 million terminal expansion.“We are very pleased to announce that we have reached a long-term price agreement with the Qantas Group that both parties are happy with,” Darwin Airport CEO, Ian Kew, said.Darwin’s market has remained resilient over the economic downturn, recording 11.3 per cent international passenger growth and 6.2 per cent domestic passenger growth over the last financial year, a release from the airport said.The growth augurs well for the airport’s ambition to be the primary narrow body hub between Australia and Asia.“Qantas Airways direct Melbourne-Darwin flights will be welcome news to the business community and further demonstrates that our market is high yielding for our airline customers,” Mr Kew said.“Given Darwin Airport’s key role as a hub between Darwin and Asia, we would be keen to work with Qantas to extend this full service flight from Darwin to Singapore in line with the NT Government’s Aviation Strategy.”Qantas announces MEL-DRW from May 2011The new service reflects the national carrier’s efforts to extend its CityFlyer offering on flight to the NT, group executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Rob Gurney, said in an announcement Monday 11 October.“The new Qantas services will support growth in business travel and tourism between Melbourne and Darwin,” he said.Qantas currently offers direct services between Darwin and Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney, as well as direct QantasLink flights to Alice Springs, Cairns and Gove (Nhulunbuy).The new schedule would comprise three return Melbourne-Darwin services operating on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, while a fourth service would operate on Mondays during the Territory’s peak season from July-October, the airline said.The route will be operated by a two-class, 168-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.The Qantas Group accounts for 85 per cent of Darwin Airport’s traffic.last_img

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