Travellers from around the world will be able to fly directly into Canberra from September, with the news that Singapore Airlines will commence international flights.
The airline will fly direct services from Singapore to Canberra from 20 September, and Canberra to Wellington in New Zealand from 21 September. Singapore Airlines will begin the ‘Capital Express’ route with four services a week to both capital cities on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Tickets go on sale from Monday 25 January.
VisitCanberra Director Ian Hill said the commencement of direct international flights would have a significant impact on Canberra and the region in terms of trade, investment and tourism.
“International flights will no doubt increase tourism to Canberra and we welcome the opportunity to further showcase our beautiful city, world-class events and festivals and our diverse capital region to visitors from all over the world.
“VisitCanberra is proud to partner with Singapore Airlines, Capital Airport Group and Tourism Australia on this initiative,” Mr Hill said. “We look forward to showcasing Australia’s coolest little capital and its world-class products, award-winning produce and diverse mix of experiences to the world.”
Canberra’s first international flight will arrive in time for Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring featuring more than one million flowers, which runs from 17 September until 16 October 2016.