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About Airnorth


Airnorth is a regional airline in Australia. 


The airline operates scheduled and charter services in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, with an extension to East Timor. Airnorth is now the major aviation operator in Northern Australia. The company operates over 300 scheduled RPT and charter departures weekly, servicing over 20 destinations across four countries. Including Darwin, Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, Gove [Nhulunbuy], Groote Eylandt and McArthur River in the Northern Territory, Kununurra, Broome, Port Hedland and Perth in Western Australia, Townsville, Cairns and Mount Isa in Queensland and Dili in Timor-Leste. Airnorth carries in excess of 300,000 passengers annually. In addition to scheduled departures, Airnorth operates contract and ad-hoc charter services for a wide variety of companies undertaking mining, defence and government activity. 


Airnorth is a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. Passengers are able to earn and redeem Qantas Points (conditions apply) on Airnorth flights.


Airnorth's main base is Darwin International Airport, with a hub at Maningrida Airport. 


Airnorth's Fleet include Embraer 170, Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia and Fairchild Metro 23.




Passengers flying with Airnorth on an aircraft  with 19 or less seats will be required to check-in all baggage excluding a small, soft handbag.


Check in baggage

Hand baggage

E170 Jet


unless connecting to a smaller aircraft

9kg - max dimension of 56cm x 36cm x 23cm

Any 1 piece of hand baggage not to exceed a total of 115cm linear dimension

E120 Brasilia


4kg - max dimension of 48cm x 34cm x 21cm

Any 1 piece of hand baggage not to exceed a total of 103cm linear dimension

Metroliner 23


small, soft handbags



Frequent Flyer Program

Luckily for Australians, Airnorth is a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program. Passengers are able to earn and redeem Qantas Points (conditions apply) on Airnorth flights. 


For Eligible Airnorth Flights, Qantas Frequent Flyer Members will earn Points as follows:

  • Points will be awarded by Frequent Flyer Earn Categories per the terms and conditions of the Program as amended from time to time
  • Booking classes are mapped to Frequent Flyer Earn Categories as per the below table:



Charter flights

Airnorth’s contract charter services extend through the Top End of Australia and to Southeast Asia and form 40% of Airnorth’s revenue. Airnorth has been operating charters for 30 years, with the highest quality equipment, in the hands of the best aircrew. Airnorth’s contract and RPT air services complement one another, with significant cost and operational benefits to all customers.  The ability to combine the two provides increased aircraft utilisation, interchange and backup that most operators cannot achieve.  Many of Airnorth’s services to Top End communities overlap with contract destinations.

The Embraer 170, 120 and Metroliner 23 are available for contract and ad-hoc charter. Destinations include Dili (Timor-Leste), Manila (Philippines), Truscott, Port Hedland, Port Keats (Wadeye) and McArthur River. Airnorth’s infrastructure includes a purpose-built 3,500m² hangar at Darwin, all maintenance services, with all communications, IT systems and ground service equipment.




Northern Territory

Alice Springs

Bootu Creek*


Elcho Island


Groote Eylandt



McArthur River Mine


Port Keats

Tennant Creek

The Granites







Timor Leste




Melbourne (Tullamarine)


Western Australia









6th February 2018

Airnorth secures mine contract extention

Air North, Australia's second oldest airline has retained a contract to provide chartered air services to Glencore’s McArthur River Mine following a competitive tender process.McArthur River Mine is about 970km southeast of Darwin and 60km southwest of its closest township, Borroloola. It has held the contract for the previous 10 years, providing services to Glencore in the early 1990s with a 210 Cessna. The service has siince been replaced with a jet service.  The five-year extension was awarded following a detailed tender process. The signing of the contract extension highlights Glencore’s confidence in the capability of Territorians to service large mining contracts, according to Airnorth. MRM general manager Sam Strohmayr said the company was proud to be able to continue its tradition of supporting local businesses.


“In 2017, we contributed $370 million to the economy with a significant proportion of that being spent here in the Territory through 500 individual companies,” Strohmayr said. “Airnorth is a key partner in our business, supporting not only our operation but also the community of the Gulf region. We’re delighted that this excellent service will continue.” MRM is Airnorth’s largest contract charter client, requiring the most services and highest number of passengers uplifted per year. Airnorth chief executive Daniel Bowden was thrilled to announce the extension, explaining that it not only confirmed MRM’s confidence in Airnorth and the state-of-the-art aircraft involved, but highlighted the appreciation held for the transport services Airnorth has provided in Australia for many years.


“This contract extension will now mean that since the mine commenced operations in the early 90’s that Airnorth have provided air services for 24 of the 32 years they will have been operating,” he said. “It’s a testament to Airnorth’s ability to service large mining and resource companies in some of Australia’s most challenging environments. We continue to do that, year in and year out, primarily due to the commitment and skills of our staff whom provide excellence in safety, on-time performance and outstanding customer service. “McArthur River mine and Airnorth have grown up side by side and it remains part of Airnorth’s DNA, as it has since 1991.”


The possibility remains for an expansion of services, pending approval for the current Environmental Impact Statement for MRM.



19th December 2017

Airnorth signs Interline Agreement with Hahn Air

Air North has signed an internline agreement with Hahn Air. 

The next airline to benefit from Hahn Air’s HR-169 product is the Australian scheduled carrier Airnorth (TL). The interline agreement with Hahn Air gives Airnorth the opportunity to sell its flights in secondary markets where it does not participate in the local settlement systems (IATA BSPs worldwide, resp. ARC in the US). Travel agents worldwide can issue tickets for Airnorth’s regional flights on the Hahn Air HR-169 document in the Amadeus GDS using the standard ticketing process.

Airnorth is a major aviation operator in Northern Australia. From its base at Alice Springs Airport (ASP) it serves 18 destinations in two countries. Next to domestic airports in the Northern Territory and in Western Australia, it also flies to Dili in Timor-Leste with an all-Embraer fleet of nine aircraft


14th December 2017

Airnorth to add new Whitehorse-Victoria service

Starting in May, the airline will add the B.C. capital to its existing Whitehorse-Kelowna route

Air North has offered occasional direct flights between the two capitals in the past, but will offer regular scheduled service starting in May. (Air North)

Yukon-based Air North will soon offer regular flight service between Whitehorse and Victoria.

"It will depend upon how the traffic develops, but we're optimistic that it's going to be a successful addition to the route network," said company president Joe Sparling.


Air North president Joe Sparling says the company wants to 'test the market a little bit.' (CBC)

The Victoria stops will be added to the airline's existing route to Kelowna, B.C., making a triangle. The service will be offered twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, Sparling said.

In recent years, Air North has offered occasional direct flights between the two capitals, for example on the Thanksgiving weekend. Many Yukoners go to Victoria that weekend to run in the city's annual marathon.

"We've experimented in the Victoria market for a number of years with one-off flights and they've sold out every time," said Sparling, 

"So, we felt this was an opportune time to test the market a little bit."

The first scheduled flight will be May 18.


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Hub Airport

Darwin International Airport is the busiest airport serving the Northern territory and the 10th most busy airport in Australia. It is the only airport serving Darwin. The airport is located in the capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin, northern suburbs, 8 km (5.0 mi) from the city centre in the suburb of Mararra. It shares runways with the Royal Australian Air Force's RRAF base. Darwin Airport has an international terminal servicing one international location, a domestic terminal and a cargo terminal. Both of the passenger terminals have a number of shops and cafeterias, although none are very inspiring and all are wallet crippling. In 2011 the airport served 26,036 flights and 1,743,734 passengers.



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