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New flights to connect North Queensland to the Top End

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It will soon be easier for North Queenslanders to explore the Top End following the announcement of new flight services.

Qantas will operate flights between Townsville and Darwin from January 31, while the Cairns to Darwin service will begin on March 29.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing says the flights will offer more direct options across Northern Australia and reduce travel time for passengers.

“These routes will help more travellers discover the incredible Northern Territory, helping local businesses in their recovery from the impact of COVID.”

“As well as offering more options for business travellers who we know commute regularly between these cities.”

It comes after the airline announced it will operate its direct flights from Australia to London via Darwin when international services resume next month.

But it is only a temporary change, with Perth scheduled to take over the service in April next year.

Qantas will operate three return services a week on both its Darwin to Cairns and Townsville routes on Embraer E190 regional jets.

The airline says the new routes would not have been viable without the E190 jets, which are part of its agreement with Alliance Airlines.