Qantas to Discontinue Some Services

18th Feb 2013

Due to low market demand Qantas will cease its thrice-weekly service between Canberra and Darwin starting April this year.

The cessation of flights by Qantas from Canberra will leave the city without direct service to Darwin, the gateway to Australia's Northern Territory. Air travelers from Canberra who want to fly to Darwin will have to take flights either via Adelaide or Brisbane or Sydney.

The national flag carrier will also end its Sydney-Ayers Rock service and turn over the route to its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar Airways.

Starting on June 4 this year, the budget carrier will serve the Sydney-Ayers Rock route four times per week. Travelers have to scramble for the 1,400 seats each week for the said route.

According to David Hall, the Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Australia and New Zealand, the Sydney-Ayers Rock service is expected to become popular to tourists, driving tourism growth in the country. Jetstar Airways will use the popular Airbus A320 aircraft for its flights on the said route.