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Singapore Airlines to bring international travel to Canberra

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Direct flights to Singapore and Wellington from Canberra will soon be possible thanks to Singapore Airlines’ new “Capital Express” route. Although the airport in the nation’s capital was known as an international airport, it rarely facilitated overseas and did not have a regular international service. The 4 day a week service will be implemented in September this year and will provide Canberra residents direct return flights to Singapore and Wellington starting from $650 and $469 respectively.

Airport Chairman Terry Snow says securing international flights in and out of Canberra is the culmination of nearly 18 years work. “Canberra is relieved we do not have to have the embarrassing, inconvenient and demeaning experience of going through Kingsford-Smith," said Mr Snow. He also believes that more airlines will be eager to bring their services to Canberra in time.

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong says that the new service reflects the close ties between Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. "We are especially pleased to be bringing more convenient travel options to customers with Canberra's first regularly scheduled international flights and the first non-stop links between the capitals of Australia and New Zealand," Goh Choon Pong said.

The ACT Government is also pleased to see regular international flights coming to Canberra. Chief Minister Andrew Barr believes the service could bring a variety of benefits to the nation’s capital. "This has been the most important project in economic development in the ACT in the history of self government," he said. "What this will bring to our city in terms of business connections, new tourism opportunities, and investment into our economy is significant.”

Singapore Airlines will be running a Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 38 business-class seats and 228 economy-class seats for the route. Tickets for the ground breaking service will go on sale from Monday, January 25th.

Last modified on Monday, 25 January 2016 13:17

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