Singapore Airlines confirms return to Cairns
Singapore Airlines has announced it will recommence direct services between Cairns Airport and Singapore. The route will be operated three times per week, beginning on 28 March 2022, with the airline’s 737-800NG.
Prior to the pandemic, SIA’s regional wing SilkAir operated daily services to Cairns. With the integration of SilkAir into SIA in 2021, the route will become the sixth Australian destination in the SIA global network.
Since December 2020, Cairns has been a part of the SIA cargo network with the airline operating its A350-900 aircraft as a cargo-only service. Across 50 flights, SIA has helped to export more than 450 tonnes of lobsters, tropical fish and other essential items to key destinations, including Singapore, Amsterdam, Bangkok, London, New York, Paris and Tokyo.
“We are very excited to welcome Cairns to the SIA passenger network from 28 March and the opportunities this service presents in supporting the return of international tourism to Australia,” said Louis Arul, Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Singapore Airlines. “Over the past 12 months our relationship with Cairns Airport has strengthened with the operation of our cargo-only services and we are very proud to have been able to support the region with essential cargo capacity and connectivity while the borders remained closed. With Australia’s borders opening to international tourists from 21 February, we are excited by the opportunities the reinstatement of passenger services to Cairns delivers from the end of March. Just as we’ve done over the past two years, we will work collaboratively with Cairns Airport and the Queensland government in supporting the return of international tourists and the continued recovery of the tourism sector and wider Queensland and Australian economy.”
Richard Barker, CEO North Queensland Airports, commented: “The return of direct services from Singapore will provide vital connectivity to bring visitors from Europe, India, North-East and South-East Asia to the Cairns region, with an easy transit via Singapore Airlines’ Changi hub. Singapore Airlines has remained committed to our region throughout COVID, with a weekly freighter service, and the return of passenger services reaffirms the great partnership that we have developed over the past seven years.”
The addition of the three-times weekly service to Cairns from 28 March will bring SIA’s total number of flights from Singapore to Australian destinations to 99 a week based on SIA’s current flight schedule.