Singapore Airlines Steps Up Australia Frequencies

Melbourne is being served four times a day, while Cairns and Darwin are also getting extra weekly flights.

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER aircraft at Changi Airport. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Strong passenger demand for flights between the Lion City and Australia are pushing recovery ever closer to pre-pandemic levels, prompting Singapore Airlines to boost services to three destinations in time for the northern summer holidays. Tomorrow (June 1) will see SIA bring Melbourne up to the same frequency as its Singapore–Sydney route, with departures from Changi Airport scheduled at 12:25 a.m., 7:45 a.m, 11:10 a.m., and 10 p.m. local time. Airbus A359-900s are being deployed for three of the four daily services, and the earliest one will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. Singapore-bound flights will leave Melbourne at 9:35 a.m., 3:40 p.m., 6:25 p.m., and 11:55 p.m.

Elsewhere on the Australian continent, Singapore Airlines has added connections to two popular holiday destinations. Darwin has just gone to five flights a week; passengers are being flown aboard two-class Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft with 162 seats, rather than the Boeing 737-800s previously used on the route. Flight SQ 251 leaves Singapore at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, reaching the capital of the Northern Territory at 2:45 p.m. after four hours and 45 minutes in the air.

Cairns is getting the same number of weekly services on Max 8s, with outbound Flight SQ 203 scheduled at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The journey time clocks in at an estimated at six hours and 40 minutes, and travelers will arrive in northern Queensland at 5:25 p.m. Passengers returning to Singapore can expect afternoon or evening departures the same day, taking off from Darwin at 3:45 p.m. and Cairns at 6:20 p.m. local time. SIA’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot is also adding another weekly service to the Gold Coast from June 3, making it four flights per week.

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