The latest news from Northern Territory Airports
March 2015

From the CEO

This month will see our airports in Darwin and Alice Springs connected by Virgin Australia’s new Territory services, which also includes flights to Adelaide. The new routes are great news for NT travellers, who will have more options for connecting with South Australia and international destinations. Passengers can also make use of the new Virgin lounges opening soon at Darwin and Alice Springs.
Also opening soon in Darwin is our new bar, Hector’s. Named after the cloud formation that can be seen over the Tiwi Islands during the build up and wet seasons, the concept for Hector’s was based on feedback we received through workshops with stakeholders. For more on the bar and the Terminal Expansion Project, read the March update.

As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback on what's been happening. I hope you enjoy the latest issue of Touchdown.

Ian Kew, CEO Northern Territory Airports

Fusion of food and fun

Darwin International Airport (DRW) was proud to help Australia Day Council NT get 2015 off to an energetic start by supporting Oz Fusion, a multicultural celebration that showcases the diverse cultures of Darwin through food and performance. Volunteers came together to prepare traditional meals for a 500-strong crowd, and local bands and community groups wowed guests with music and dance from around the world. 

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Caltex Eaton now open

Darwin International Airport’s business park Axis has taken another step in its development with the opening of Caltex Eaton, a new service centre that provides Darwin motorists with a convenient fuel-stop between the northern suburbs and the city. Occupying a prominent position on Neale St, with more than 14,000 cars travelling past on McMillans Road each day, Caltex Eaton is open 24 hours daily.

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Virgin flights to Alice

Virgin Australia will open up travel opportunities across the Territory this month when it begins flying between Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide. From 30th March, Virgin will operate three flights per week, conveniently timed to offer a morning departure from Darwin and Alice Springs to Adelaide, with early afternoon return services from Adelaide back to the NT. Fares are on sale now.


Build Up of ideas

Brown's Mart recently launched its 2015 season, featuring local and international playwrights, cross-cultural collaborations and an education program. It's estimated more than 23,000 people will visit the iconic Darwin venue this year. DRW is partnering with Brown’s Mart to offer residencies to Top End theatre makers through its Build Up program, and NT Airports CEO Ian Kew was on hand at the launch to announce this year's recipients.

March update

Work on the new retail fitouts is continuing, including the new JR/Duty Free departures store, the Virgin Australia Lounge, and our new bar, Hector’s. The bar is named for the Top End’s famously consistent thunderstorm, which forms over the Tiwi Islands almost every afternoon during the wet season. Read more...

Lions for luck

SilkAir recently welcomed the Chung Wah Society Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe to DRW for a traditional Lion Dance as part of Chinese New Year celebrations. Believed to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck, the Lion Dance is regularly performed at businesses across Darwin by the Troupe, which was established in the late 1970s. Pictures...

Mining Expo

Alice Springs Airport will be showcasing its commercial development opportunities to the mining sector at this year's Mining Services Expo to be held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre. As one of the largest airports in Australia by land size, ASP has a number of property options suited to industry. Learn more...
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