Confidence continues to grow as Singapore Airlines increases flights to Adelaide
In another significant boost for South Australian tourism and the wider economy, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced it will increase flights to Adelaide to 10 per week, commencing in October 2024.
The announcement follows the airline flying B787—10 Dreamliners to Adelaide from last month, increasing capacity by 34 seats per flight, an 11 per cent increase. Singapore Airlines also scheduled an additional four flights a week to Adelaide between December 2023 and January 2024.
This increase from daily to 10 flights per week will create an additional 105,000 seats per annum.
The announcement comes after the recent positive news for Adelaide Airport, as several international and domestic airlines either introduce or increase services to South Australia.
There are eight international airlines currently operating 45 flights each week to Adelaide, with additional capacity already confirmed for coming months. The incoming international flights are currently bringing around 11,000 passengers each week into SA, as new global routes are set to create new business and trading opportunities for the state.
Batik Air Indonesia will commence Indonesian services on 10 November, adding to its Malaysian operations. The airline has announced two new weekly services from Denpasar to Adelaide from November, increasing to four services per week in December. Batik Air will be SA’s first international carrier serving multiple direct destinations.
Vietjet will operate five services a week from 21 November, connecting Vietnam to SA and offering greater access to key tourism and trade markets in Asia.
Domestic airline capacity has almost returned to pre-COVID levels, with Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Rex Airlines operating a total of 515 domestic flights to Adelaide per week, equating to 82,690 seats.
REX commenced Adelaide-Brisbane services last month.
Singapore Airlines tickets will be available for sale progressively through SIA’s various distribution channels.
Minister for Tourism, Zoe Bettison said increased flight capacity is a great result for tourism and investment in South Australia, and today’s announcement is another sign of confidence from Singapore Airlines in the Adelaide market.
"This is genuine growth in South Australia’s aviation capacity that takes us beyond pre-COVID levels. Not only do we have additional flights, but Singapore Airlines will be flying bigger aircrafts with the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route creating an additional 34 seats per flight," Minister Bettison said.
"It is essential that we continue to strengthen our relationships with leading airline providers and pursue new opportunities for South Australia to secure new airlines, increase number of flights, and reinstate flights that link our state with key tourism markets interstate and international business hubs.
"More capacity will assist our strong tourism sector and help capitalise on the significant amount of South Australian events ahead."
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Brenton Cox said Singapore Airlines has long been a wonderful supporter of the Adelaide market.
"Singapore Airlines has again shown their faith in our projected growth by adding three additional services per week," Mr Cox said.
"We are confident of further international growth out of Adelaide with positive discussions currently underway with a number of international airlines."