Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add around 4,700 seats between Singapore and Australia from next year.
The Singaporean national carrier will phase in changes to its Australian routes from March 2024, including increased capacity to Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, to meet a rise in demand for international travel via SIA’s hub at Changi Airport.
Upcoming changes include the use of A350-900 planes for flights to Cairns; restoration of pre-COVID-19 scheduling to Darwin, including daily 737-8 flights; a fourth daily service to Perth using A350-900s; replacing the A350-900 on SQ241/SQ242 to Sydney with the 777-300ER, offering Sydney passengers first-class options; replacing the A350-900 on SQ279/SQ278 to Adelaide with the 787-10; and the reinstatement of a fifth daily Melbourne service from May.
“These changes provide more capacity and connectivity to SIA’s global network via the iconic and popular Singapore Changi hub,” said Singapore Airlines regional vice president South West Pacific, Louis Arul.
“SIA remains committed to ensuring capacity matches the high levels of demand we continue to see.”
The changes, which are subject to regulatory approval, follow an announcement in May that SIA would boost services to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth airports over the end-of-year peak.
These new and expanded services will add at least 7,000 seats per week between Australia and Singapore over the December/January period, with Arul saying the move was in response to anticipated high demand.
“The appetite for travel has been robust over the current mid-year holiday period and signs are that demand will remain elevated as we head into the traditionally strong year-end peak,” he said.