In what will be another significant boost for Australian travellers, Singapore Airlines (SQ) has announced it will introduce a permanent fifth daily service from Sydney to Singapore next year.
Beginning October 27, 2024, SQ will add a new 0645 AM daily departure to its Sydney to Singapore schedule, with the airline saying this will be available for the six-month Northern Winter season, subject to regulatory approvals.
Singapore Airlines: non-stop daily departure times from Sydney Airport from October 2024
- 0645 AM Boeing 777-300ER (new service)
- 0905 AM Airbus A350-900 long-haul
- 1215 PM Airbus A380
- 1610 PM Airbus A380
- 1910 PM Boeing 777-300ER
This new additional flight means Sydney Airport will become the largest port in the airline’s network from Changi Airport, with more than 12,000 seats available for passengers each week. It also brings SQ’s schedule back up to pre-pandemic levels.
The airline also offers the fifth daily supplementary service during the Christmas peak from December 2 to January 14.
Low-cost carrier Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is also increasing capacity and will offer 12 weekly return flights between Sydney and Singapore starting in December.
Geoff Culbert, CEO of Sydney Airport, said, “Sydney Airport is really proud to be Singapore Airlines’ home away from home, and it is clear that Sydneysiders can’t get enough of their world class service.”
“Not only will this extra flight from Singapore Airlines offer Australians heading overseas more choice, but it will also help boost the number of visitors, especially from Asia and Europe.”
“It looks like 2024 is going to be a bumper year for international travel at Sydney Airport, with extra capacity coming online not just from Singapore but also from other key markets, including China and Indonesia.”
Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Louis Arul, said: “We are pleased to be able to bring our Sydney flights back to our pre-Covid frequency of five flights daily.”
“Demand for travel to and from Sydney has bounced back strongly from the pandemic, and the additional daily service will provide further room for growth as travellers enjoy more connecting options through Singapore Changi Airport to major cities in Asia and Europe.”
For more information, head to www.singaporeair.com
More options for China and beyond
Following its return to Brisbane last week after three years, China Eastern Airlines (MU) also boosted its capacity out of Sydney Airport, announcing an Australian first route and its first-ever trans-Tasman flight.
From November 28, MU will be flying three return services per week on the A332 for the first time directly between Sydney and the city of Jinan in the Shandong province in Eastern China.
China Eastern Airlines also restarted flights to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, on Monday, November 6, 2023.
This includes an Auckland to Sydney leg, the first time the airline has offered trans-Tasman flights.
The inaugural flight from Auckland, MU712, touched down at Sydney Airport just before 1 pm on Monday, with the next leg to Hangzhou due to take off at 3:10 pm.
With the new route and additional flights, MU serves five mainland China cities with 25 return services a week from Sydney.
Sydney Airport forecasts seat capacity to mainland China to be 97 per cent recovered in December compared to pre-pandemic December 2019.
By the end of November, there will be nine airlines with direct flights from Sydney to 14 Chinese cities, offering 85 weekly return services.
For more information, head to oa.ceair.com/au/
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