Singapore Airlines returns to the Top End

  • 04 April 2022
image of Singapore Airlines branded plan on Darwin tarmac
The Northern Territory welcomed Singapore Airlines first regularly scheduled commercial flight service back to Darwin on 29 March 2022. Singapore Airlines will offer non-stop flights between Darwin and Singapore initially operating up to three-weekly services, with intention to increase to five-times a week at the end of May 2022.

The flights are timed to connect travellers seamlessly at Singapore Changi Airport with Singapore Airlines’ Asia, Europe and some North American destinations to provide a one-stop journey between Darwin and the airline’s global route network.

Singapore Airlines Group has a long-standing partnership with the Northern Territory having last operated Singapore to Darwin flights in 1999, while the airline’s fully owned regional subsidiary SilkAir resumed services in 2012, where at its peak operated seven flights a week between the two cities until the route’s suspension in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

With Australia opening its borders to vaccinated international visitors Tourism NT is undertaking significant in-market activities and campaigns in the NT’s three largest international inbound source markets of the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States.

The in-market activities and campaigns are intended to bring the Northern Territory front of mind for travel intenders and drive the return of high spending tourists and working holiday makers to the NT as well as support the promotion of air access over Singapore and into Darwin on the new route.

Quotes from Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific Mr Louis Arul:

“The return of Darwin to our global network shows our confidence in the Australian market and emphasises the fact that Australia’s recovery since opening its international borders in November continues to gather pace.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the Airport Development Group, Tourism NT and the Northern Territory Government, to rebuild international travel to the Top End.

“As Australia’s most northern international gateway, Darwin offers travellers the perfect launch pad to visit some of Australia’s most amazing natural experiences including Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, Uluru.”

Quotes from Airport Development Group Executive General Manager Customer & Strategy Selwyn D’Souza:

“The return of Singapore Airlines to Darwin is terrific news for the Territory and will drive passenger numbers through our airport.

“The announcement demonstrates confidence in the growth of the tourist industry and many businesses can expect to benefit.

“Territorians can access to more than 1300 destinations worldwide through the Star Alliance network, that Singapore Airlines is part of.”

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