July 17, 2024

Qantas makes London-Darwin easier with new route

Qantas is launching a second international route from Darwin, with direct flights from the Northern Territory to Singapore.

Starting on December 9 2024, the new flights will provide a seamless connection to London on QF1, as well as other destinations across Europe or Asia with partner airlines.

Qantas customers travelling from Darwin will save around five hours in flying time by no longer having to fly via other Australian capital cities to get to London.

Flight will initially operate five days per week with the dual-class Embraer E190 aircraft, increasing to daily from March 2025.

The new route has been made possible by the establishment of an E190 base at Darwin Airport.

The size, range and economics of the aircraft is opening up routes that that wouldn’t be viable with larger aircraft.

Qantas International CEO Cam Wallace said: “The direct service is not just great news for Territorians wanting to visit Singapore, but also for those travelling to London, Europe and across Southeast Asia, with connections to popular destinations like Phuket and Kuala Lumpur with our partner airlines, saving hours of travel time.

“This new route also allows us to restore the link to the UK which was established when international borders first reopened after the pandemic and we temporarily re-routed our London flight via Darwin with the support of the Northern Territory Government and Darwin Airport.”