Qantas will resume an international route after 18 years, between Darwin, in northern Australia, and Singapore from December.
The flight, initially to be operated five times a week, will be operated with Embraer E190 regional jets. The distance between the two cities is around 1,800 nautical miles (3,300 km), within the aircraft’s range.
Flights will begin on December 9th and will become daily from March 2025.
The route should not only facilitate the transit of passengers on the route, but also shorten trips to destinations in Asia and Europe, taking advantage of possible connections from Singapore.
According to Qantas, passengers will be able to save around 5 hours getting to London, as it is currently necessary to fly to hubs in Sydney or Melbourne to then board a flight to the United Kingdom.
Qantas will open a new base in Darwin on the northern Australian coast in 2022, with four E190 regional jets leased from Alliance Air based at the local airport.
Singapore will be the second international destination from Darwin Airport, which has already had flights to Dili, East Timor since July 2022, also operated with the Brazilian jet.
“We’re thrilled to be offering our customers another new international route out of Darwin and strengthening the important trade, business and tourism links between Australia and Singapore,” said Qantas International CEO Cam Wallace.
“The direct service is not just great news for Territorians wanting to visit Singapore, but also for those traveling to London, Europe and across Southeast Asia, with connections to popular destinations like Phuket and Kuala Lumpur with our partner airlines, saving hours of travel time .
The Australian carrier may soon expand operations from Darwin if it puts Airbus A220-300 jets into service in the region. The aircraft is capable of flying distances of up to 3,400 nautical miles (6,300 km).