Virgin Australia Welcomes Darwin International Airport Expansion30/04/2013
Virgin Australia today welcomed the announcement that Darwin International Airport will be investing $60 million in new and upgraded facilities.
The investment will transform the experience for passengers travelling through the airport as the Virgin Australia check-in area moves to a new part of the terminal with streamlined security processing. Work is expected to be completed by mid-2014.
Virgin Australia’s Chief Operating Officer Sean Donohue said, “Over the past two years, Virgin Australia has been expanding its presence in the Northern Territory and making enhancements to improve the travel experience for our customers.
“We recognise the increasing importance of Darwin in line with the growth of the Northern Territory as a business and tourism destination. To date we have launched Sydney-Darwin flights, commenced codeshare on SilkAir international flights from Darwin and announced a new 150-seat airport lounge to be launched in 2014. With the recent acquisition of Skywest Airlines, Virgin Australia will now fly direct from Darwin to Broome and Kununurra.
“We are pleased to announce today that as part of the airport upgrade, we will be able to deliver a more seamless arrival and departure experience for our guests through enhanced check-in and gate facilities. The new lounge will feature Virgin Australia’s trademark style, including luxury seating, gourmet food and beverage designed by internationally-acclaimed chef Luke Mangan and impressive views across the airport landscape.
“We look forward to working closely with Darwin International Airport to ensure the best possible experience for our customers and to continue to promote Darwin as a business and tourism destination”, Mr Donohue said.
Virgin Australia currently flies direct to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth from the Northern Territory, offering 58 services per week to connect to 30 domestic and over 400 international cities.
The airline also codeshares on SilkAir’s 4 return flights per week between Singapore and Darwin. SilkAir is the regional airline of Singapore Airlines.