SINGAPORE ROUTE TO DELIVER $46M TOURISM BOOST
Written on the 13 January 2016
SINGAPORE Airlines will introduce three new flights to Brisbane each week, which is expected to deliver a $46 million tourism boost to the state.
The additional flights between Singapore and Brisbane are expected to commence in late May, with the aim of making the service daily from September.
Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events Shannon Fentiman says the announcement was great news for Queensland, potentially adding 104,000 extra seats annually.
"Supported through the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF), these extra flights will mean up to $46 million in additional annual overnight visitor expenditure," Fentiman says.
"This builds frequency between Brisbane and Singapore, a major international aviation hub and strengthens aviation access between Brisbane and key international source markets.
"The airline's extensive route network provides aviation access to the majority of Queensland's major tourism source markets.
"In particular, the service will bring additional visitors from Singapore, the United Kingdom, China and India."
The new Singapore-Brisbane Airbus 330-300 flight takes the total number of Singapore Airlines plane arrivals to 24 each week. The airline already operates three daily services to Brisbane.
Singapore Airlines regional vice president South West Pacific Tiow Kor Tan says the addition of the fourth flight demonstrates the strength of the Brisbane market over the past 12 months.
"Across the South West Pacific region we have experienced good loads and Brisbane has certainly been one of the stronger performers," Tan says.
"The decision to install a scheduled fourth flight is a reflection of our commitment to Queensland and will ensure we are providing more options for our passengers."