Qantas will maintain its daily direct service between Darwin and London until at least the end of June following continued uncertainty over when Western Australia will open its borders.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the extension of its Darwin London service was great opportunity to explore the Top End when international borders open on February 21.
“It’s a great opportunity to encourage thousands of visitors to stop off in Darwin to see what the NT has to offer,” he said.
The airline currently operates daily flights from both Melbourne and Sydney to London via Darwin on its 787 Dreamliner.
WA Premier Mark McGowan’s resistance to reopening the state’s border has also seen Qantas budget carrier Jetstar cancel all its flights out of the state to the rest of the country throughout March.
Qantas will maintain some connections between Perth and the rest of Australia, with up to 15 flights per week from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Darwin, supporting essential personnel and freight.
“The Group retains the flexibility to adjust flying levels depending on demand and clarity on border reopening in the weeks and months ahead,” Qantas said.