Canberrans can now fly direct to the Top End with QANTAS launching flights to a from Darwin for the  first time in almost a decade.

The first flight will depart the Norther Territory capital on Monday morning, with the service operating five return flights per week.

The new route is set to offer 1,000 seats to the direct route each week.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the response from customers had already exceeded expectations.

“We’ve seen strong demand from travellers in both Canberra and Darwin since the route first went on sale last month,”

“With no other airline currently operating on the route, the direct flights will save business and leisure travellers more than two hours travel time on a round trip instead of flying via other capital cities.” Mr Gissing added.

The new route is the first time the airline has flown directly between the two Territories in nine years.