TL and Australia launches the first route Dili- Darwin for Qantaslink

TL and Australia launches the first route Dili- Darwin for Qantaslink

The plan of QantasLink has landed at the International airport, Nicolau Lobato Comoro, Dili, on 31st of march 2022. Tatoli’s image/António Daciparu

DILI, 01 april 2022 (TATOLI)—The Government of Timor-Leste and the Australian Embassy has launched the first route, the first flight for QantasLink Dili – Darwin which is actively operating as a commercial flight between the two countries.

VH-XVM Qantas commercial flight has officially landed at International Nicolau Lobato’s Airport in Dili. The flight is first touched at the airport at 15:00 Pm and welcomed with a traditional dance based on Timorese culture.

The QantasLink representative, Petrea Bradford said that QantasLink is commencing the regular international flights to Timor-Leste with the Embracers E190, under an ongoing agreement with Alliance Airlines.

“We are very proud to have the opportunity to boost the TL economy by connecting Australia and TL air services. QantasLink will initially operate three flights per week to Dili on the E190, and the VOA can be increased to give routine per week in july,” The representative of Qantas’s flight, Petrea Bradford, said at the press conference at Nicolau Lobato International Airport, Comoro Dili.

Mr. Petrea Bradford also confirmed that the one-way ticket price for Dili Darwin is currently $236 and guarantees that the airline will provide quality service to its passengers.

The Australian Ambassador to the TL, William Castelo said that this launch is one of the additional flights provided by the Australian government for Timor-Leste. Australia has provided a flight connecting two countries since the Portuguese period.

“This proves that flight cooperation has been established in preview days.  We appreciate and are proud to be able to participate in TL development,” he said.

Minister of Transport and Communications, José Agostinho da Silva said Qantas was establishing a permanent commercial route between Darwin and Dili. It is great as Australia can support Timor-Leste with added up commercial flights. It is based on the Air Services Agreement (ASA).

“This new flight will increase trade opportunities, tourism, and labor mobility between the two countries, and of course, the prices offered are by the standard ranging from $150 to $600,” he said.

The aircraft has Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 19000112 is a type of aircraft built as a 14.6-year Embraer ERJ-190 manufactured by São José Dos Campos (SJK) Brazil.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo


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