Closed since May of 2001, air service between Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory and Kupang in West Timor has recommenced effective June 15, 2004 with a new twice-weekly service.
Operated by Australian-owned Airnorth flying 30-seat Brazilian Embraer-120 aircraft, flights will operate between the two cities every Monday and Saturday. Airline officials say that, loads permitting, they would eventually like to increase the service to five times a week.
Joint Operation Between Merpati and Airnorth
Under the terms of the joint flight operation agreement, strong>Airnorth will provide the aircraft, crew and in-flight services and ground handling in Darwin, while Merpati Nusantara Airlines provides the traffic rights and all passenger handling and ground services in Kupang.
Sales and marketing responsibilities are shared between both airlines who share a 50-50 split in profits.
Flying time between the two cities is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Onward flight connections from Kupang to Bali are available on a daily basis.
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