Published on : Monday, August 18, 2014
Airnorth’s inaugural flight on its new route to Gove has touched down, ensuring the seamless transition for Nhulunbuy residents.
“It’s great to see Airnorth taking up the route that was formerly operated by Qantas without any interruption to East Arnhem residents,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.
“The decision by Airnorth to pick up this route provides certainty to the town and a sense of confidence for the future.
“Today we celebrate Airnorth’s inaugural flight which sends a positive message about the future of the town.
“The development reflects growing optimism in the community on the back of work being done to build a new economy for Nhulunbuy.
“Airnorth is a local company with a long commitment to the Gulf Region and I am thrilled to see it expand this relationship.
“For a Territory company to pick-up the daily service is positive news for locals and the Nhulunbuy local economy, boosting tourism opportunities in the region.”
Airnorth will operate the Darwin-Gove-Cairns and Cairns-Gove-Darwin routes, seven days a week using its 76 seater jet fleet.
“There are big plans afoot for the region including the development of new business opportunities. Airnorth is already working to capitalise on this route and support the growing tourism industry,” Transport Minister Peter Styles said.
“I think the company will be a good business partner for the East Arnhem region as it works to build a new economic future.
“The Government is committed to maintaining Nhulunbuy as a regional service hub and this ongoing access to flights will be critical.
“Airnorth is a local company with its national headquarters based in Darwin, employing more than 200 staff in the Territory.”