Singapore Airlines lifts Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne

CANBERRA’S ambitions for greater international air connections have received a boost with news that Singapore Airlines will increase its services from four a week to daily from 1 May.

The seven-day services will come in the form of a fifth daily flight through Sydney, travelling year-round via the national capital on its return to Singapore aboard an upgauged Boeing 777-300ER instead of the current 777-200.

But as a result, Singapore Airlines will end its “capital express” service between Canberra and Wellington, de-linking the two cities after just over 18 months’ operation.

Instead, the airline will increase its Melbourne operations, adding a new four-weekly service that travels onward to the New Zealand capital aboard a Boeing 777-200.

Singapore Airlines regional vice president Philip Goh said the changes would provide greater choice.

“Increasing services to Canberra and deploying a different aircraft type allows us to offer more travel options from a schedule perspective as well as additional premium cabins, reinforcing our commitment to the ACT and surrounding region,” he said.

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