Airnorth adds services to Port Hedland and Karratha

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Airnorth plans to launch two new services to Port Hedland and Karratha in Western Australia from 1 June.

A Darwin-Broome-Karratha-Port Hedland service will begin on 1 June, and a Darwin-Broome-Port Hedland-Broome-Karratha service on 4 June, says the Australian regional carrier. It will use Embraer E-170 jets on both routes, adds the airline.

"This initiative provides a much-needed direct link between these two resource rich locations and also to one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations, Broome," says Simone Saunders, CEO of Airnorth.

The flights will also allow passengers from the region to connect to destinations in Southeast Asia and the East Coast of Australia via Darwin, she adds.

Darwin-based Airnorth operates a fleet of E-170s and Embraer EMB-120s turboprops. It has been looking to expand services into Asia from Darwin, and as been considering points such as Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore.