Sin­ga­pore non-stop from can­berra

Travel Bulletin - - SINGAPORE -

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines made his­tory last months with the highly an­tic­i­pated de­but of its new ‘Cap­i­tal Ex­press’ ser­vice, link­ing Sin­ga­pore to Can­berra and Welling­ton. De­spite in­clement weather on ar­rival, Can­berra Air­port added to the pre­cip­i­ta­tion with a wa­ter can­non cel­e­bra­tion to mark the ar­rival of the air­craft mark­ing the first time Aus­tralia’s and New Zealand’s cap­i­tal cities had ever been con­nected. Sin­ga­pore Air­lines ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent com­mer­cial, Mr Mak Swee Wah, said the in­au­gu­ral was a key mile­stone in the air­line’s long his­tory in Aus­tralia - com­ple­ment­ing its al­ready ex­ten­sive net­work link­ing Aus­tralian cities to Sin­ga­pore which in­cludes flights from Ade­laide, Bris­bane, Mel­bourne, Perth and Syd­ney - along with Silkair ser­vices from Cairns and Dar­win and Scoot, which serves the Gold Coast, Mel­bourne, Perth and Syd­ney. The new route pro­vides an in­trigu­ing op­tion for trav­ellers from the buoyoant ACT leisure mar­ket as well as a con­ve­nient new op­tion for pub­lic ser­vants, politi­cians and lob­by­ists to ac­cess the globe via SQ’S Sin­ga­pore hub. Sin­ga­pore Air­lines has con­firmed that premium pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling from Can­berra to ei­ther Welling­ton or Sin­ga­pore on the four times weekly 777-200 flights will have ac­cess to the Vir­gin Aus­tralia lounge at CBR. It’s the first in­ter­na­tional flight to serve Can­berra since a brief foray by Fiji Air­ways of­fer­ing non-stop flights to Nadi in 2004. Sin­ga­pore Air­lines se­nior vice pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing, Camp­bell Wil­son, said flights to the Aus­tralian cap­i­tal were a log­i­cal ex­pan­sion of the SQ net­work given the de­vel­op­ment of Can­berra air­port and the ma­tu­rity of the lo­cal mar­ket. If the route proves suc­cess­ful Sin­ga­pore Air­lines hopes to lift fre­quen­cies to daily, he added. Mean­while Can­berra Air­port owner Terry Snow said the flights would help lo­cals avoid the “dys­func­tional travel” they nor­mally put up with via Syd­ney.

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