Singapore Airlines increases flights to Melbourne, Cairns and Darwin

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase operations to four times daily to and from Melbourne, while Cairns and Darwin will increase to five times weekly, as travel demand continues to grow.

The Top End will welcome SIA’s newest narrowbody aircraft, the Boeing 737-8 from 2 June for those travelling to Darwin.

From Monday 30 May, Cairns services will increase from three to five-times weekly, with SQ203/SQ204 to operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, providing more opportunities for international tourists to visit Australia’s gateway to the Barrier Reef.

From Tuesday 31 May, SIA will increase its operations to Darwin to five-times weekly, with SQ251/252 operating every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, delivering greater connectivity to the Top End.

Darwin will also welcome a brand-new Boeing 737-8 from Thursday 2 June, delivering the Northern Territory SIA’s latest narrow-body cabin products.

Singapore Airlines 737-8 Business Class

The 737-8 is fitted with 154 seats across two classes, 10 in Business Class and 144 in Economy Class, with the new cabin products featuring bespoke elements that have been designed especially for the SIA customer.

The increase in services to the two Northern Australian destinations aligns with the region’s peak visitation period and will further support the recovery efforts of local tourism and travel operators.

Finally, from Wednesday 1 June, Victorians will have four-daily flight options between Melbourne and Singapore when SQ207/SQ208 begins operations.

The fourth-daily service will be operated by SIA’s Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, fitted with 40 lie-flat Business Class seats, all with direct aisle access and 263 ergonomically designed Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.

SQ203 arriving on the inaugural flight to Cairns

Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South-West Pacific, Mr Louis Arul, said SIA’s ability to remain nimble allowed it to deploy additional services and new aircraft to destinations when demand warranted. 

“Australia has always been an important part of our global network since we first operated here in 1967, and we are pleased to have not only kept the country connected during the height of the pandemic but are in a position to support the recovery with increased operations.

“Increasing services to holiday destinations such as Cairns and Darwin in the lead up to peak season shows that leisure travel is continuing to recover strongly.

“Increasing our services to four times daily in Melbourne is thanks to the collaborative efforts to facilitate continued growth in demand for travel to the Victorian capital by our key stakeholders, including the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport.

From 1 June Singapore Airlines will operate 113 weekly flights between Singapore and seven Australian ports, while low-cost subsidiary Scoot will operate 23 weekly flights across four Australian ports for a total of 136 weekly services.

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