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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by David Tollner


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Tourism 169 Northern Territory Economy Airline Capacity The Territorys tourism industry has a heavy reliance on aviation due to the remoteness of Darwin and AliceSprings from major metropolitan areas in other jurisdictions and the large distances between the Territorys major tourist attractions. A number of changes to flight routes and frequencies in 2012 highlight an increasing responsiveness by airlines to fluctuations in demand for services. A large part of this relates to the need by airlines to operate commercially sustainable services. Airline Route Change February AirNorth Darwin Townsville Commencement of twiceweekly service February AirNorth Darwin Gold Coast via Mt Isa Increased services March Jetstar Darwin Tokyo via Manila Increase in services from three to four per week and introduction of Tokyo link March Jetstar Darwin Singapore Increased services March SilkAir Darwin Singapore Commencement of fourservices per week March Jetstar Darwin Ho Chi Minh Discontinued March Timor Air Darwin Dili Discontinued April AirAsia Darwin Bali Discontinued April Virgin Australia Darwin Sydney Commencement of dailyservices August Jetstar Darwin Bali Decreased services August Jetstar Darwin Sydney Decreased services September Qantas Yulara Cairns Decreased services October Qantas Yulara Perth Discontinued November Jetstar Darwin Osaka via Singapore Introduction of Osaka link three times per week November AirNorth Darwin Townsville Increased services Source: Department of Business Load factors (the number of passengers divided by the number of seats) indicate the extent to which airline capacity is being utilised. Adjustments to available capacity to maintain loads are a common practice employed by the airlines. Consequently, for interstate travel, the load factors remained relatively stable for the year 2012 at Darwin and AliceSprings (75.3percent and 69.9 per cent, respectively). Meanwhile for Yulara, the load factors improved 3.6percentage points to 62.2percent in 2012. In 2012, the number of international passengers travelling on international flights to and from Darwin increased marginally by 1percent, related to strong outbound travel driven by the continued strength of the Australiandollar. The entrance of the full service carrier SilkAir to the market in March2012, with flights from Singapore to Darwin, also contributed to the increase. Domestic passenger movements travelling through Darwin International Airport decreased by 2.2percent in 2012. This is reflective of the continued challenges faced as Australians continue to choose to travel overseas rather Table 13.1: Changes to Flight Routes and Frequencies in 2012

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