An interesting piece by CAPA on the recent loss of various international flights to DRW, and what's next.
See: https://blueswandaily.com/darwin-airpor ... d-airasia/
I have often wondered about a DRW - HKG link - the CX Group is going after destinations that have no Chinese carriers (like CPT and DUB), so that it has a competitive advantage and can charge a premium - would that strategy work at DRW too? PR operated 320s on CNS - MNL, which is longer than DRW - HKG - therefore, could KA use a 320 to open this service? No doubt, CX/KA are in a better position to get connecting (albeit small) China and US traffic than SQ/MI are.
Probably lots of people from Darwin travel usually returning to their actual hometown but these numbers are quite small relative to supporting regular air services to anywhere other than major mainland capitals and a few near Asian cities such as SIN, DPS and Timor Leste.
Darwin is a very small city. It is smaller than a typical municipality in Melbourne or Sydney so expecting it to support regular international travel to multiple destinations is very optimistic. Domestic travel to DRW is highly seasonal peaking during the southern winter but shrinking significantly during the wet season. Given the very low level of O&D travel, it is unlikely DRW could even operate as a hub into Asia; SIN does this so much better.
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