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Published on : Monday, April 4, 2016
QantasLink from July 4 to September 28 will operate two additional return services on Monday and Wednesday each week, in addition to the airline’s existing services on Saturday and Sunday.
“Extra flights from Brisbane into Alice Springs will bring a potential 500 extra seats per week, providing an increase into the growth of the local economy and more tourism numbers for Alice,” Mr Giles said.
“The Red Centre has perfect winter months and tourists can be kept busy with our busy schedule of events between July and September including the Camel Cup, Henley on Todd and the RedCentre NATS.
“In 2015 there was an upward trend in visitor numbers across the Territory and the Government believes the tourism sector is set to have another bumper year in 2016.
“In the year ending December 2015, the Northern Territory received 1.6 million visitors, up 17 per cent. Holiday makers make up the bulk of these visitors with 792,000 people holidaying in the NT last year, up 21 per cent.
“While international holiday visitors remained on an upward trend, increasing by 5.4 per cent, the great result for 2015 was largely driven by a significant spike in domestic holiday visitors, which last year reached 551,000.
“We are seeing the best evidence in years that more tourists are seeking to holiday in the Territory on the back of our ‘Do the NT’ campaign and the new ‘It’s About Time’ initiative.”
Qantas and QantasLink operate more than 110 flights to and from Alice Springs each week connecting the local community to all major Australian cities, as well as Cairns and Uluru.
The new BRIS-ALI seasonal flights will depart Brisbane at 8.30am, landing into Alice Springs at 11.15am and then departing Alice Springs at 12 midday, arriving into Brisbane at 3.05pm.