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McMahon’s push for Qantas

- CAMDEN SMITH

NORTHERN Territory senator Sam McMahon says the Gunner Labor government needs to up the ante in its negotiatio­ns with Qantas to secure direct Darwin-London flights.

“The Chief Minister needs to show he is capable of standing up for the Territory by dictating to (Qantas) that we will only agree to the deal if Qantas agrees to make Darwin a hub for the next two years and not just the four months as currently proposed,” Senator McMahon said.

“Qantas needs an assurance within two weeks that passengers on the flight would not be required to go into 14 days’ quarantine in Darwin.”

Senator McMahon said the Territory needed to satisfy Qantas that passengers will not have to quarantine in Darwin and that visitors from other states can stop over in the Northern Territory.

Darwin is competing with Singapore for the Melbourne London route after the WA government refused to lift restrictio­ns into Perth.

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