✅ Trip Verified
| Departed and arrived at Darwin on an international flight from Dili, Timor Leste. As we were the only flight out and then back in (an Airnorth Embraer 170 seating 76 passengers) we had the international part of the airport to ourselves. Darwin Airport has been refurbished over the last couple of years and is now a mid-sized regional airport with good facilities. There are two times of day (around 11 am to 1.30 pm and 11 pm to 1.30 am) when (due to the peculiarities of Australian airport curfews down south) Darwin Airport is very busy. But it still copes. Outside these hours it is quite relaxed with short queues. I find the ground staff and even security to be polite, efficient and even cheerful; and there is an adequate range of food and shopping outlets. Virgin and Qantas have good lounges in the domestic section of the airport; there is a small pay-lounge once you have gone through passport controls, and the usual nonsense of the obstacle course of an overpriced duty free shop blocking the way between immigration and the departure lounge. On this occasion (as previously) from checking in to the departure lounge took about twenty minutes, and a similar amount of time between landing and catching a taxi.