Qantas adds new routes from Darwin to Far North Queensland

Latest News|Published 14 October 2021

In a major boost to connectivity across Northern Australia, Qantas will add two new routes from the top end to Far North Queensland next year - Darwin to Townsville and Darwin to Cairns.

The new routes follow Qantas’ announcement that the airline will temporarily operate its flagship Kangaroo route from Australia to London via Darwin when international flights resume next month, until at least April 2022.

Business and leisure travellers will be able to take advantage of new travel options from early next year with QantasLink operating three weekly return services on each route with the Embraer E190 regional jet aircraft. Darwin-Townsville flights will commence on 31 January and Darwin-Cairns flights on 29 March.

The E190s were introduced to QantasLink’s network in May as part of the airline’s agreement with Alliance Airlines. With its size, range and economics, the 94-seat jet has opened up a number of new routes that wouldn’t have been viable with Qantas’ existing fleet including multiple new routes from Cairns, Darwin and Townsville.

Special Economy one way fares on both new routes are available from $199, until 11.59pm AEDT 16 October 2021, unless sold out prior. Terms and conditions apply.

The new Darwin-Cairns service will complement Jetstar’s up to six weekly flights on the route.

Qantas’ Fly Flexible policy offers customers who book domestic flights with unlimited ‘fee free’ date changes when travelling before 28 February 2022. A fare difference may apply. 

Important information

Disclaimer: *The special fares are available until 11.59pm AEDT on 16 October 2021, unless sold out prior. Darwin-Townsville fare basis: ESQW1. Darwin-Cairns fare basis: ESQW2.  Sale fares are available to Agents participating in the Qantas Channel. Economy fares are available to Agents participating in the Qantas Channel. View more information to register your Agency or check your Agency’s registration status for the Qantas Channel.