Qantas Launches Service Between Darwin and Dili in Timor-Leste
Updated: Apr 1, 2022
Qantas has launched new service between Darwin and Dili in Timor-Leste, with the first flight departing on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The carrier will offer three weekly return Embraer E190 flights on the route, increasing to five from July.
On Wednesday (March 30, 2022), Qantas announced the launch of new service between Darwin and Dili in Timor-Leste, with three weekly return flights, increasing to five from July. The route will be operated on Qantas’ network with an Embraer E190, as part of the carrier’s agreement with Alliance Airlines. The new Darwin-Dili service will be the airline’s first new regular international route from Darwin since 2008 and Qantas’ very first international E190 route.
On hand in Darwin to travel on the inaugural flight to Dili on Wednesday, QantasLink’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Petrea Bradford, said,
“We’re excited to be officially adding Dili to our route map today and helping to build the incredibly important links between Australia and one of our closest neighbours. 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. Travellers from Timor-Leste will also be able to seamlessly transfer through Darwin to the Qantas Group’s extensive domestic and international network. Dili is just over an hour’s flight from Darwin and is a great destination for the adventurous traveller, with incredible natural beauty, unique cultural experiences and great coffee and cuisine. We look forward to working to promote Timor-Leste and all it has to offer to millions of our frequent flyers.”
Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, Qantas operated weekly flights between Darwin and Dili in partnership with the Australian Government to maintain essential connectivity. The new international route follows the recently announced E190 base in Darwin that will create over 90 new local aviation jobs and service QantasLink routes from the NT capital across Australia. The Darwin-Dili service launched on Wednesday (March 30th), follows two new domestic routes launched from Darwin this week, with service to Cairns and Townsville. The Qantas Group operates 18 routes from Darwin, Alice Springs and Uluru, as well as direct flights from Darwin to eight domestic destinations.