Australia’s competition watchdog says the Qantas investment in Alliance Airlines is likely to lessen competition in the charter and fly-in/fly-out market.
Alliance Airlines says it will add three more aircraft to its Darwin base and recruit additional staff in response to growing demand from the tourism and mining sector.
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Nonstop flights between Melbourne and Kununurra will begin in May 2020 with the launch of a trial service operated by Alliance Airlines under a codeshare arrangement with Virgin Australia.
Virgin Australia has transferred its Brisbane-Port Moresby service to Alliance Airlines in order to free up a Boeing 737-800 for its trans-Tasman network.
Alliance Airlines plans to establish what managing director Scott McMillan describes as a new “significant operational base” at Rockhampton.