Airnorth - Airline Information
Airnorth is a regional airline based in Darwin International Airport in Australia’s Northern Territory of Marrara, Darwin. It also flies from its secondary hub at the Maningrida Airport. The airline, which trades on the Australian Securities Exchange as Capiteq Limited, is jointly owned by the Skyport Group, QTEC, and John Gamble.
As a regional carrier, Airnorth came into being as part of a group of regional air services known as RegionalLink Airlines, Australia’s first ever air franchise group. Founded in 1978 and launching its flight operations in the same year, it offers scheduled services, as well as chartered flights across 16 destinations in the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, as well as in East Timor. It operates a fleet of 10 aircraft, which include Embraer 170s, Embraer EMB 120 Brasilias, and Fairchild Metro 23s.
In 2011, Airnorth was awarded NT Exporter of the Year by the Chief Minister’s NT Export & Industry Awards. At present, it has established itself as one of the major aircraft operators in Northern Australia’s Top End, and boast’s of the most technologically advanced and youngest jet aircraft operations in the world.
Airnorth’s flights, which carry more than a quarter of a million passengers a year, departs 185 times a week, with scheduled destinations to Broome, Darwin, Gove, Groote Eylandt, Karratha, Kununurra, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, McArthur River Mine, Mount Isa, Perth, Port Hedland, Port Keats, the Gold Coast, Townsville, and Dili in East Timor.
Apart from its scheduled flights, Airnorth also operates a charter service that flies on contract basis with several companies engaged in mining, defense, and other government activities. Employing over 180 staff in its Darwin headquarters alone, the regional airline has also aligned itself with Australian flag carrier, Qantas Airways to host all flights in the Global Distribution System (Amadeus GDS), offer the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, its electronic ticketing and baggage check-in, as well as participate in Quantas’ marketing activities.
Apart from Qantas, Airnorth has also signed an agreement with Australian Air Express to offer air freight services on all its North Australian routes.