Canberrans wanting to escape the winter chill to the Top End will be able to fly direct to Darwin from next week.
Canberra Airport has announced that Qantas will resume direct flights five times a week from Friday, 9 June.
Travellers will be able to take advantage of the seasonal schedule until 29 September, enjoying cheaper tickets and shorter flight times than the current lengthy travel times with stopovers in Sydney or Brisbane.
Getting to Darwin will now only take about four-and-a-half hours flying on Embraer 190 jets.
Canberra Airport head of aviation Michael Thomson said the airport was excited about the return of seasonal direct flights.
“The return of this route will bring more people to the region and provide an opportunity for Canberrans to escape the chill and enjoy a tropical break in the Northern Territory,” he said.
Qantas last offered direct flights to Darwin in June 2021, after a break of nine years, as demand increased coming out of the pandemic travel restrictions.
A spokesperson said the airline regularly reviewed its network and made adjustments according to demand.
“We look forward to continuing to directly connect the two Territories,” the spokesperson said.
The direct Darwin flights will open another winter holiday route for Canberra travellers after the recent launch of direct flights to Fiji on Fiji Airways.
If the response to the Fiji flights is any indication, the take-up should be strong for a direct link to the warmer climes and tourism draws of the Northern Territory.