Business and leisure travel opportunities for Darwin residents have been boosted, as AirAsia announces it will be resuming flights from the Territory's capital to Bali.
Flights will operate four times a week beginning on July 1 – a move that chief minister Adam Giles believes shows great confidence in the region's economy.
He commented: "Already this year we’ve seen the return of Tiger Airways to Alice Springs, the announcement of new services to Darwin by Philippine Airlines and now, with AirAsia, Territorians should see this as a great vote of confidence in our future."
Aside from the benefits this will bring to people with apartments in Darwin, it will also open up trade links with Indonesia – one of Australia's most vital partners.
Matt Conlan, minister for tourism and major events, explained that the announcement would provide around 1,500 extra seats per week into and out of Darwin and the rest of the NT.
People will now have the choice of two carriers, as Jetstar is already flying from Darwin to Bali up to eight times per week.
Efforts will now get underway between Tourism NT and AirAsia to discuss how these new flights will be promoted.