Singapore flights in prospect
I am often asked when we will have an international flight operating from our new airport. It’s a fair question. Your council has been working on this for many months now, and officers have attended international air industry forums and held discussions with many airlines.
We have engaged consultants to advise us and have competed several surveys to assess demand and identify the best international ports appropriate to our city.
Our survey results and consultants’ reports indicate there is good support for a service from Karratha to Singapore.
With five passenger terminals, Singapore’s Changi Airport is the world’s sixth busiest for international arrivals, beating rivals Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Changi served more than 55 million passengers in 2015 and its flights go to more than 320 cities all over the world. Singapore is therefore a great international link for Karratha, serving both tourism and business interests.
City officers have prepared a draft international charters business case, which indicates there is good potential for inbound tourism from Singapore to Karratha.
The data suggest a onceweekly service could be economically viable.
The council has therefore decided to prepare an expression of interest for a weekly return flight between Karratha and Singapore.
The EOI will conclude by the end of September and, if approved by the council, a preferred tenderer could be engaged by the end of this year.
Subject to Federal Government approvals, minor local works and other negotiations, we expect a full international service could begin around the middle of 2017.