Virgin Australia is dialling it up at Australia's top end, with its Darwin Airport lounge set to open in March along with the start of direct flights between Darwin and Alice Springs.
There will be three flights a week between the two cities, using Virgin's Boeing 737 jets, starting by the end of March.
The current sole airline on that route is Qantas' regional arm QantasLink, which runs twice-daily flights but on smaller aircraft.
“We recognise the importance of the Northern Territory as a key business and tourism destination in Australia and look forward to increasing competition on these key routes to the benefit of our customers from early next year" said Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles said he believes that competition on the Darwin-Alice route will "creating choice on this important route and hopefully driving down ticket prices for Territory passengers."
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