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Creating Vibrant Communities – Airnorth trial extended

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison today delivered a strong endorsement for Territory regions, announcing a 12-month extension to Airnorth’s Centre Run air service trial.

The service currently provides three return services per week from Darwin to Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

Ms Manison said the Territory Labor Government is investing in local regions to create jobs, grow our economy and ensure Territorians remain connected.

“We know that when our remote communities and regions are strong, the Territory is strong – that’s why we are extending Airnorth’s Centre Run air service trial for 12 months and increasing the service to five days per week in the Dry season,” Ms Manison said.

“This is fantastic news for all Territorians because improved access across the NT is one of the keys to unlocking opportunity and economic development.

“The Airnorth service is used by local residents, business, industry, service providers and tourists, with around one third of passengers Territory Government employees or clients.

“It’s clear there is a desire for this service, and that it provides opportunities for Territorians, which is why Government will continue to fund the shortfall in the cost of operating the service for a further 12 months."

Daniel Bowden, Chief Executive Officer at Airnorth said a total of 15,700 people have used the service since it was introduced in 2015, and this number has steadily increased.

“Airnorth is delighted to have secured the continued support of the Northern Territory Government in operating the Centre Run trial services for a third year," Mr Bowden said.

"The team at Airnorth understands the vital importance we play in providing our customers with a reliable, efficient and high quality air transport service connecting Darwin to the regional communities of Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs

“Our aim is to further develop the centre run over the next 12 months to a point where the service is commercially viable.”

Ms Mansion said Government will continue to monitor the service and will consider options for the continued provision of the service beyond October 2018.

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