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Getting here by air

Domestic flights to the NT are operated by Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tiger and Jetstar.

Travelling by air to the Northern Territory from interstate and overseas is a breeze. Modern, well-equipped airports are located at Darwin in the north, and in the red centre at Alice Springs and Uluru. The Territory is serviced by major international and domestic airlines, providing passengers with easy access to destinations across the Northern Territory from almost anywhere in the world. Peak season for air travel to the Northern Territory is June – August; it’s advisable to book well ahead during these months.

International air travel

Darwin International Airport is a major gateway to Australia for international flights, offering easy access to and from Europe, North America and of course, Asia. For long-haul travellers, international carriers operate flights from the UK and Germany and the US and Canada. For shorter trips, Darwin’s proximity to Asia makes it easy to reach destinations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Japan, China and Hong Kong. The short flights between Darwin and Bali, and Darwin and Singapore are increasingly popular, particularly with low-cost carriers. Darwin’s compact airport makes it easy to transfer to connecting domestic flights.

Note that all passengers arriving in Australia are required to comply with local immigration, customs and quarantine regulations.

Domestic air travel

The Northern Territory is easily accessible from destinations all over the country. Major domestic airlines operate flights from the capitals in the Eastern states, South Australia and Western Australia, with regional airlines covering smaller destinations. The location of the Territory’s main airports mean you are never far from where you need to go in the Top End and in Central Australia – you can even touch down just kilometres from Uluru – and there are regular flights connecting the three.

Intra-Territory air travel

Travelling by air within the NT is fast and convenient. Regular flights between Darwin and Alice Springs are available through Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air North. Flights between Uluru and Alice Springs are operated by Qantas. Air North offer regular flights between Alice Springs, Darwin, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Arnhem Land - visit the AirNorth website for more information.