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Singapore-Cairns flights to take-off in 2015

05 November 2014

More jobs and a stronger tourism industry will flow from Silk Air’s announcement of its first regular Queensland service, with flights between Singapore and Cairns bringing around 20,000 extra passengers into the tropical north each year.

The leading South-East Asian airline will commence flights between Singapore and Cairns, three times a week, from May 2015 in a partnership deal between the Queensland Government, Silk Air, Cairns Airport and Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ).

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the new flights would help deliver on the Newman Government’s election promise to grow tourism and create jobs.

“It’s expected Singapore-Cairns flights will generate $14 million in visitor expenditure for Cairns in the first year alone,” Ms Stuckey said.

“SilkAir Flights will provide a seamless transit for international travellers to connect with Cairns from India, the UK, Europe and Asia via the major hub of Singapore.

“The route has been supported by the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund established by the Newman LNP Government.

“It’s part of our strong plan to boost this key sector of the Queensland economy, after Labor neglected tourism for so long.”

Member for Cairns Gavin King said the announcement would begin a new era of aviation travel into Tropical North Queensland. 

“The new SilkAir services will be the airline’s first venture into Queensland and the first time in more than a decade that Cairns will welcome a regular direct service from Singapore,” Mr King said.

“It is yet another significant tourism coup for Queensland delivered by the Newman Government and one that will benefit tourism operators and small businesses alike.

“This great announcement for Cairns will assist in achieving the state-wide goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure.”
Cairns Airport Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Brown, said the Singapore service would provide an enormous boost to the region’s tourism industry.

“After a period of comprehensive negotiations we welcome today’s exciting news and look forward to a long and positive relationship with SilkAir as a valued airline partner for Cairns Airport,” Mr Brown said.

“We also welcome the support provided by the Queensland Government to help secure this service and in particular would like to 
acknowledge the work of Minister for Tourism, Jann Stuckey and Member for Cairns and Assistant Minister for Tourism, Gavin King.”

The new SilkAir route will operate from Singapore-Darwin-Cairns-Singapore twice a week and direct to Cairns (Singapore-Cairns-Darwin-Singapore) for the remaining flight.

[ENDS] Wednesday 5 November 2014
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