New service makes trio to Townsville

A new service linking Cairns to Townsville with Alliance Airlines will commence late January boosting connectivity with our closest neighbouring city.

Cairns Airport welcomed the announcement today of a new weekly service to Townsville with Alliance Airlines and the addition of a third carrier to the route, joining QantasLink and REX Airlines, servicing the popular route.

Head of Aviation at Cairns Airport Garry Porter said the additional service to Townsville would further support recovery for the two cities and the connection that exists between them through business, tourism and education.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic we’ve seen the opening up of services between regions across the country, and that continues to be important for our local economies at this time.

“Alliance Airlines have been great supporters of the Far North and its great to see their route network continue to go from strength to strength and the expansion of services.

“With the return of international travel likely to still be some way off, growing our domestic connectivity remains an important part of our region’s rebound and economic recovery.”

“These services add to the existing Alliance Airlines services that have been rolled out over the past twelve months linking Cairns with the Sunshine Coast, Canberra and Groote Eylandt. That’s a great achievement in the current aviation climate,” Mr Porter said.

New figures released today for November 2020 by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport Research Economics data (BITRE) indicates Cairns – Brisbane retained its position as Australia’s busiest route for the fourth consecutive month in November.

Cairns Airport was the fifth busiest airport in the country in November ahead of Melbourne airport.