SilkAir – the regional wing of Singapore Airlines – will be increasing flight frequency to Cairns, Australia with effect from 2 June 2019 and will serve the Queensland city with a daily flight – up from the current five flights per week.
The additional flights will be operated on Tuesdays and Sundays with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
“We are proud to announce a daily service to Cairns, providing greater accessibility and connectivity for our customers,” said SilkAir chief executive, Foo Chai Woo.
“Together with Tourism and Events Queensland, we look forward to bringing even more travellers to Australia’s adventure capital, home to world famous sights such as the UNESCO listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said demand for SilkAir’s service to Cairns had grown significantly.
“This route has delivered strong outcomes for Queensland since it was first introduced in 2015 and these additional flights will attract up to 10,200 visitors over two years, supporting up to 240 jobs,” Jones said.
In addition to Cairns, SilkAir operates flights to Darwin in Australia. Parent company Singapore Airlines serves Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, while low-cost subsidiary Scoot serves the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
The additional Cairns flights are subject to regulatory approvals.