Friday, March 24, 2017

Darwin to India flights a step closer

The Territory’s hopes of tapping into the emerging India tourist market is a step closer with one of India’s premier international airlines adding Darwin to its destination footprint.

Mumbai-based Jet Airways and Singapore-based Jetstar Asia have signed a codeshare agreement for flights from Singapore extending Jet’s footprint to Darwin.

Under the agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code ‘9W’ on Jetstar Asia flights between Darwin and Singapore.

Jet Airways chief commercial officer Jayaraj Shanmugam said Darwin was now an increasing feature in the itineraries of Indian travellers seeking newer leisure destinations.

“Jetstar Asia flies to some of the most popular leisure and business destinations across the Asia Pacific,” he said.

“With this codeshare agreement, our passengers will now be able to tap into this extensive network to explore new and exotic destinations like Darwin.”

Jet Airways is the second largest airline in India after IndiGo with a 21.2 per cent passenger market share. It operates more than 300 flights daily to 68 international destinations.

Top End Tourism CEO Trevor Cox has welcomed the news saying it commits Jet Airways within India to marketing Darwin and the Northern Territory as a tourist destination. “It is a small step in the right direction,” Mr Cox said.
23/03/17 Gary Shipway/NT News