Airnorth commenced operations in 1978, initially providing charter aircraft services. Steady growth in the years subsequent to inception saw the airline commence RPT (Regular Public Transport) air services throughout the Northern Territory and by the late 1980’s Airnorth had established itself as the major aircraft operator in the Top End.
In 1993, the Skyport Group became a major shareholder of the business (and Capiteq Limited was formed) and the Airnorth expansion continued to encompass the entire Northern Territory, from Ayers Rock to Darwin. As the Airnorth fleet grew in size, so did the capacity of the aircraft it operated and in 2007, Airnorth introduced the first Embraer E170 Jet into service. Airnorth now boasts the world’s most technically advanced regional jet as well as the youngest regional jet fleet in Australia.
Airnorth is now the major aviation operator in Northern Australia. The company operates 156 scheduled departures weekly, servicing 14 destinations including Maningrida, Milingimbi, Elcho Island, Gove [Nhulunbuy], Groote Eylandt and McArthur River in the Northern Territory, Kununurra, Broome and Perth in Western Australia, Mount Isa and the Gold Coast in Queensland and Dili in Timor-Leste. New services to Karratha and Port Hedland in Western Australia are planned to commence in June 2010.
Airnorth carries in excess of 250,000 passengers annually.
In addition to scheduled departures, Airnorth operates contract and ad-hoc charter services for a wide variety of companies undertaking mining, defence and government activity.
Airnorth directly employs more than 180 staff in Darwin and provides indirect employment through the contracting of ground service operations across all its destinations.