In a country as vast as Australia, it is no surprise that the population relies heavily on air transport, particularlyÂ in the more remote regions of the country. For the residents in these regions, these air services provide a vital lifeline. In many regions of Australia, these remote air routes are subsidised by the government. While the local residents view these services as an essential link to the outside world,Â for the AvGeek, it is a unique opportunity to experienceÂ some interesting aircraft types, airlines, and routes.
One such flight route that I was fortunate enough to experience recently was from Cairns to Darwin, via Gove.Â While there are at least three direct flights per day from Cairns to Darwin on the otherÂ carriers, I was very interested to try out the service offered by Airnorth.
Airnorth was established in 1978 and has always had a strong focus onÂ providing air services within the remote regions of Australia’s top-end. In recent years, the company has been focusing in particular on the contract charter market, as well as FIFO operations.