Destination Dili: Qantas takes off to Timor-Leste

Latest News|Published 30 March 2022

Qantas has officially added Dili to its route map today with the first of our regular passenger flights taking off from Darwin, strengthening the ties between Australia and Timor-Leste. 

Three return flights will operate each week with the dual class E190 aircraft, ramping up to five weekly return flights from July, boosting business, tourism and freight connections.  

The E190 aircraft operate on Qantas’ network as part of an agreement with Alliance Airlines. The aircraft’s size, range and economics have opened up a number of routes from Darwin that wouldn’t be viable with larger aircraft.  

Darwin-Dili is our first new ongoing international route from Darwin since 2008 and Qantas’ first international E190 route.  

During COVID, Qantas temporarily operated weekly flights between Darwin and Dili in partnership with the Australian Government to maintain critical passenger and freight links while international borders were closed.  

The new ongoing passenger route follows the recently announced E190 base in Darwin that will create more than 90 new local aviation jobs and service key QantasLink routes from the NT capital across Australia. The Darwin-Dili flights follow two new domestic routes from Darwin taking off this week to Cairns and Townsville.  

The Qantas Group operates 18 routes from Darwin, Alice Springs and Uluru, and non-stop options from Darwin to eight domestic destinations.