Budget carrier Bonza has announced new flight routes between the Northern Territory and Queensland and Victoria.
Starting from the end of November, Bonza will begin flights from Darwin to both the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, and between Alice Springs and Melbourne.
Combined the flights will add 116,000 more airline seats each year into the NT.
The flights were welcomed by the NT government coming so soon after Qantas announced it would cut flights to Alice Springs.
“Bonza’s DNA is about creating market growth, giving everybody no matter where you live the same opportunities to connect with friends and family, and to bring new tourism into locations where perhaps, at the moment because of airfares, it is just out of reach for many many people,” said Bonza chief executive Tim Jordan.
NT Tourism Minister Nicole Manison said the new routes were aided by the government’s scheme to attract more flights in the Territory.
Tourism Central Australia chief executive Danial Rochford said they had long called for more competition in the aviation sector.
“To have the airfare that they’re putting forward is just a game changer for the tourism industry and for the community,” he told the ABC.