• Philippine Airlines axes Darwin flights, but Brisbane to go non-stop

    Philippine Airlines will pull out of Darwin in March 2018 but plans to upgrade its Brisbane-Manila route to a non-stop service. Darwin currently serves as a stopover on the Brisbane-Manila flights, which run four times each week, but airline CEO James Batista has confirmed in an email that ...

    POSTED 29 Dec, 2017 9 Comments

  • SilkAir brings Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights to Cairns, Darwin

    UPDATE | SilkAir will swap its regular Boeing 737-800 jets for its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes on flights from Singapore to Cairns and Darwin from early 2018, the airline has confirmed. For business class flyers, there's 10 extra inches of seat pitch compared to the outgoing aircraft, increasing...

    POSTED 8 Dec, 2017 15 Comments

  • Marriott plans new Westin Darwin hotel for 2020

    Travellers to the Top End will find a new luxury Westin Darwin hotel opening in 2020, as part of the chain’s Australian expansion which also includes new Westin properties in Brisbane and Perth. The 240-room hotel will feature 14 suites with water and city views, along with three internal ...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Darwin Airport opens new pay-per-visit international lounge

    UPDATE | Darwin Airport will open a new, independent lounge in its international departures area next month, catering for paying visitors at the door flying with any airline in any class of service, and also business class guests and eligible frequent flyers of participating airlines. Named the ...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2016 2 Comments

  • SilkAir to fly direct to Cairns, Darwin from Singapore

    Singapore Airlines’ regional arm SilkAir will go non-stop on all flights between Singapore and both Cairns and Darwin from later this year in a move that cuts hours from the journey time to and from the Lion City. The Virgin Australia partner already flies to northern Australia but in a tr...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2016 4 Comments

  • Novotel hotel comes to Darwin Airport in 2016

    AccorHotels will boost its portfolio in the Northern Territory next year, taking over the existing Rydges Darwin Airport hotel and badging it as the Novotel Darwin Airport hotel. Located within the airport precinct, the 136-room property sits within metres of the terminal doors and will undergo ...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2015 0 Comments

  • Hilton Darwin hotel completes guest room revamps

    Following 18 months of renovations the Hilton Darwin hotel emerges with 236 upgraded guest rooms, a new lobby, refreshed entertainment areas and a new fitness centre, with a price tag for the works exceeding $10 million. Now styled with light tiling, dark pure wool carpets, solid timber and leat...

    POSTED 23 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • First look: inside Virgin Australia's new Darwin Airport lounge

    Virgin Australia's new Darwin Airport lounge opens its doors tomorrow, but not before Australian Business Traveller stopped by for a sneak peek. Greeting the airline's high flyers is a space that feels both 'familar' and 'different', styled on Virgin Australia's signature palate and with seats f...

    POSTED 30 Mar, 2015 3 Comments

  • This week's wrap for frequent flyers and lounge lizards

    There’s points aplenty this week with Qantas delivering up to 10 points per dollar when shopping online and Accor dishing our triple and quadruple points in its Le Club scheme on stays within the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. Also in this week’s wrap: new lounges for freq...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2015 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: new lounges coming for Brisbane, Perth in 2015

    Virgin Australia’s new lounges in Brisbane and Perth are beginning to take shape, although travellers will wait a while longer for Premium Entry in the Sunshine State. Following months of extension works to double its size, the Brisbane lounge is on-track for completion in April – ea...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2015 16 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: direct flights between Adelaide & Alice Springs

    Virgin Australia will kick off flights from Adelaide to Alice Springs in March 2015 and is also planning a new regional lounge in the Red Centre for business class passengers plus Velocity Gold and Platinum members. Services will run three times per week on a Boeing 737-800, with eight seats at ...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2014 10 Comments

  • Our weekly frequent flyer wrap

    Want a share of five million Qantas Frequent Flyer points by booking a Qantas flight with your credit card, or the chance to earn Virgin Australia Velocity points and status credits every day from Brisbane to Los Angeles? Or, are you already Velocity Gold and have been tossing up between the fre...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: direct flights between Darwin & Alice Springs

    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...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2014 6 Comments

  • Photo tour: new Qantas Club lounge at Darwin Airport

    The newly-expanded Qantas Club lounge in Darwin Airport is now open, with the lounge more than doubling in size and able to cater for over 350 passengers – so step inside! Whether your aim is to work, rest or grab a bite to eat, there are seats everywhere… Power points for lapt...

    POSTED 1 Oct, 2014 8 Comments

  • Quest Serviced Apartments opens in Berrimah, Darwin

    Travellers to Darwin can now set up for long or short stays at the new Quest Serviced Apartments Berrimah property, now open in the city’s eastern suburbs. Boasting 88 brand new studio and one bedroom fully-serviced apartments, the rooms come with kitchen and laundry facilities, separate l...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2014 1 Comment

  • Qantas boosts Darwin flights for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth

    Qantas is ramping up flight to Darwin with new services to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth building to a reshaped schedule by the end of March. Melbourne-Darwin will move to a daily Boeing 737-800 service by the middle of March, with travellers having already seen the previous four fl...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2014 3 Comments

  • Virgin Australia delays Hobart, Darwin airport lounges to 2015

    Virgin Australia has pushed back the opening of its lounges at Hobart and Darwin airports until next year, with a spokeswoman for the airline confirming to Australian Business Traveller that both lounges are now likely to open in 2015. Hobart and Darwin are in line for lounges based on Virgin's ...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2014 13 Comments

  • Virgin Australia tweaks Brisbane-Darwin flights

    Virgin Australia is changing the schedule for its daily Brisbane-Darwin flight in an effort to streamline connections for travellers arriving into Brisbane from the top end. From 15 April 2014 the daily flight VA459 will leave Brisbane at 9:30am instead of the current 8.45pm depar...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2013 1 Comment

  • Malaysia Airlines to restart Darwin-KL flights in November

    Malaysia Airlines will launch flights between Darwin and Kuala Lumpur on November 1st, marking a return to the NT capital over a decade since MAS pulled out of the top end in 2002. The five-times weekly service will run on a Boeing 737-800 jet with business class and economy cabins, although the...

    POSTED 15 Jul, 2013 7 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines offshoot Silk Air begins flights to Darwin

    Singapore Airlines' regional offshoot Silk Air begins flights between Darwin and Singapore today. The Darwin-Singapore service kicks off with four weekly flights by SilkAir, which travellers will be pleased to hear is a full-service premium airline with a true business class cabin and service. ...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2012 9 Comments

  • Australian airport iPhone apps: roundup, pics and reviews

    Business travellers with an iPhone in their pocket or purse, or iPad tucked under their arm, have an increasingly wide range of Australian airport apps to speed their path to and from the airport -- and through the terminal. Here are five iPhone apps for Australian airports, from the big gu...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • Need a taxi or chauffeured car? There's an iPhone app for that!

    There are few less enjoyable things about travelling than standing in airport taxi queues. So why not pre-book a cab to pick you up -- or, if you forget, book a cab the moment you touch down at the airport? There are a bunch of great apps to make it possible to do just that. Melbourne taxi app...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2011 4 Comments

  • Ash cloud: LAN resumes LA800/QF321 flight to Santiago via Auckland

    LAN Chile has announced that its LA800 flight from Sydney to Santiago via Auckland will resume normal schedule from Friday July 8th (departing 9.25am). This flight is codeshared with Qantas QF321 to Auckland.      The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) locations in Wel...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • More ash cloud on the way to Australia - more flights to be cancelled this week?

    The latest Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) forecast maps are showing a worrying new plume of ash from the Chilean volcano heading towards Australia. A large plume to the south-west of Australia is moving towards the coast of Western Australia at altitudes from surface level to 20,000 feet --...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Darwin Airport: The 20-year Master Plan gets Federal Gov't rubber stamp

    Darwin’s International Airport is expecting that within 20 years, the number of passengers going through the airport will double from the current figures to 4 million.  To account for this growth in usage, Darwin Airport has released a 2010 Master Plan that has just been approved by A...

    POSTED 24 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

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