MORE SILKAIR FLIGHTS FROM DAR­WIN TO SIN­GA­PORE

Air­line adds ex­tra flights from Dar­win to Sin­ga­pore

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS

THE gate­way to Asia has opened wider af­ter SilkAir of­fi­cially added a sev­enth weekly di­rect flight from Dar­win to Sin­ga­pore.

This fol­lows the air­line’s re­cent in­crease to seven weekly flights from Cairns to Sin­ga­pore.

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines South West Pa­cific re­gional vicepres­i­dent Philip Goh said the ser­vice rep­re­sented an in­crease of 17 per cent in seat­ing ca­pac­ity each week, equiv­a­lent to more than 8000 seats a year.

“This new ser­vice will pro­vide Ter­ri­to­ri­ans with even greater access to our global net­work, as well as pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional choice for those look­ing to travel di­rectly to Sin­ga­pore,” he said.

“The in­crease also pro­vides ad­di­tional options for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors look­ing to travel to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory to ex­plore the mag­nif­i­cent wonders of this very spe­cial part of the world and re­in­forces our com­mit­ment to Dar­win and North­ern Aus­tralia.

“We’ve seen steadily ris­ing de­mand for flights to and from Dar­win since we in­tro­duced ser­vices in 2012 and we are thank­ful for the con­tin­ued sup­port of our partners, the travel trade and our cus­tomers.”

SilkAir first launched flights from Dar­win in 2012, be­gin­ning with four ser­vices a week.

Tourism NT data showed from the year end­ing in March 2019, the Ter­ri­tory had a 4.2 per cent growth in in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors and a 13 per cent growth in av­er­age spend­ing per per­son.

Depart­ment of Tourism, Sport and Cul­ture chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­monne Shep­herd said it was critical to har­ness the grow­ing Asian tourism mar­ket.

“Those Asian markets are re­ally where that larger growth is oc­cur­ring for the Aus­tralian tourism in­dus­try as a whole but also for the NT,” she said.

“Our tra­di­tional markets are very im­por­tant still for the North­ern Ter­ri­tory … UK, US and Ger­many are still very key markets.

“We have to make sure we’re look­ing af­ter our tra­di­tional or ma­ture markets but access to those growth markets is re­ally im­por­tant, so ev­ery ad­di­tional seat we have access to come in is another opportunit­y for us to tell another per­son a story about why it’s so great not only to come to Dar­win and the Top End but also then to other parts of the NT.”

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