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Singapore is getting its 5 per day

and reporting record half year profits

Australian globetrotters are set for a treat as Singapore Airlines ramps up its services, introducing a coveted fifth daily flight from Sydney Airport, marking a new chapter in air travel convenience.

Credit: Nigel Coghlan

Come October 27, 2024, the dawn of a new flight at 6:45AM will grace the Sydney skies, expanding the airline's reach during the Northern Winter season. This expansion is more than just an addition to the timetable; it's a statement that Sydney Airport is now the premier gateway outside of Singapore, boasting over 12,000 seats weekly.

Singapore Airlines' commitment to providing a web of connectivity to 72 destinations globally, encompassing Europe, the UK, and Asia, is now even more robust. This new service is set to streamline travel plans, offering unparalleled choice to those venturing abroad.

In a seasonal surge of travel spirit, the airline also announces an extra dose of holiday cheer with a fifth daily service in the lead-up to Christmas, starting from December 2 to January 14.

This expansion is part of a broader surge in Sydney-Singapore connections, with Qantas, British Airways, and Scoot also on the roster. Scoot, the budget-friendly cousin of Singapore Airlines, is also set to increase its offerings with 12 weekly returns.

By December, an impressive total of 69 return flights will be operational between Sydney Airport and Changi Airport, providing ample opportunities for travel enthusiasts and business commuters alike.

The robust demand for air travel continued into the Northern Summer travel season, led by the rebound in passenger traffic to North Asia with the full reopening of China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, and Taiwan. This resulted in record half-year operating and net profits for the SIA Group. SIA and Scoot carried 17.4 million passengers in the first six months of FY2023/24, an increase of 52.3% year-on-year. Passenger traffic grew 38.0% from a year before.

Sydney Airport’s CEO, Geoff Culbert, lauds the enduring relationship with Singapore Airlines, a bond strengthened by mutual commitment and service excellence. The addition is not only a win for Australians but a magnet attracting visitors from Asia and Europe, boosting tourism and business travel.

2024 promises to be an illustrious year for international sojourns, with Sydney Airport at the helm of increasing global connectivity. With China and Indonesia also expanding their flight services, Sydney is poised to be an international travel hub like never before.

Louis Arul, the Regional Vice President South West Pacific for Singapore Airlines, echoes the sentiment, expressing satisfaction in reinstating the pre-Covid frequency of five daily flights. The move is a response to the resurging demand for travel and a testament to the airline's dedication to offering more choices and connections through its Singapore hub.

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Published: 7 November 2023

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