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Singapore Airlines to fly into Canberra: report

By Charlotte Harper - 12 January 2016 64

Singapore Airlines is reportedly set to announce plans next week to operate international flights in and out of Canberra Airport.

The Australian Financial Review has reported that Singapore Airlines will soon offer flights between Canberra and Singapore and Canberra and Wellington.

According to the report, Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong will announce the move during a visit to Canberra next week.

There would be four weekly Airbus A330 flights between Singapore and Canberra as well as an unspecified number of return flights between Canberra and Wellington using the same planes.

Australian Aviation magazine reported in 2013 that then ACT deputy chief minister Andrew Barr and Canberra Airport CEO Stephen Byron had travelled to Singapore to lobby for direct flights.

“The network potential of international services to and from Canberra represents one of Australia’s largest untapped markets,” the industry magazine’s report concluded.

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Singapore Airlines to fly into Canberra: report
Ghettosmurf87 9:56 am 14 Jan 16

dungfungus said :

When I first saw this announcement I thought there must be other benefits that could flow.
So I wasn’t surprised when I read in today’s CT about the competitive advantage that would flow to the Brumbies when they have to play in NZ. We all know how the ACT Government will move heaven and earth to support “our” professional sporting teams whenever they can.
Apparently the Brumbies don’t like transiting through Sydney when they have to play in NZ so a direct flight to NZ will save hours.
This may be good when they have to play in Wellington but that would depend on the scheduled flight matching the match day etc.
Also, the NZ teams that play in Canberra don’t fly here direct but they still seem to beat the Brumbies wherever the match is.

Yes, the ACT government has gone out of it’s way to ensure Singapore Airlines runs a CBR-Wellington flight just to benefit the Brumbies? We get it, you hate any government support of sporting organisations, but this couldn’t possibly be a case of a service being offered and someone realising that this could ALSO benefit the Brumbies, as opposed to the service being set up to deliberately help them?

For the record, in the 2015 season the Brumbies played 2 home games in Bruce against NZ sides. Beating the 4th placed Highlanders by 13pts and losing to the 7th placed Crusaders by 13pts. The Brumbies finished 6th. They lost both away games by 2pts, to the Chiefs and Blues.

dungfungus 7:50 am 14 Jan 16

When I first saw this announcement I thought there must be other benefits that could flow.
So I wasn’t surprised when I read in today’s CT about the competitive advantage that would flow to the Brumbies when they have to play in NZ. We all know how the ACT Government will move heaven and earth to support “our” professional sporting teams whenever they can.
Apparently the Brumbies don’t like transiting through Sydney when they have to play in NZ so a direct flight to NZ will save hours.
This may be good when they have to play in Wellington but that would depend on the scheduled flight matching the match day etc.
Also, the NZ teams that play in Canberra don’t fly here direct but they still seem to beat the Brumbies wherever the match is.

farnarkler 10:23 pm 13 Jan 16

It would certainly be nice. Take a Friday and a Monday off and fly up to Singapore for a long weekend. Could be good for Singapore tailors too. Get a rep here to do the measurements and have the garments delivered in a week or so.

rijujacob 12:33 pm 13 Jan 16

Bring it on. For years we have been calling it Canberra “International Airport” with no international flights from here.

Other part is the trouble of travel to and accommodation in Sydney. I came to Sydney on new years eve night time and with kids with me I had no option other than to book accommodation for AUD 500. Such a hassle. Hope I wont see such trouble in the future . Fingers crossed for international flights from Canberra.

dungfungus 10:43 am 13 Jan 16

JC said :

dungfungus said :

Also, has Canberra Airport really got the human resources to process 300 international passengers arriving and departing at the same time? This requires customs and immigration inputs which are not required for existing domestic services.

Mr negativity, the answer is yes. Might surprise you but the Customs section of the now border force and AQIS already have a sizeable presence at Canberra airport already. They do customs and AQIS clearance on international removals, which as you can imagine in a capital city with lots of foreign embassies and Australian staff posting in/out is quite sizeable.

Just need to send them over to the terminal for a few hours for each flight. Probably only extra staff required would be a dedicated immigration specialist from border force, bearing in mind their ‘customs’ counterparts do the general clearances so maybe only 1 or 2 max. Shouldn’t be too hard to find them in Canberra.

Thanks for that JC.
You are the undisputed wellspring of local knowledge for RiotACT.

rubaiyat 10:11 am 13 Jan 16

Maya123 said :

Kim F said :

I would think Canberra-Auckland would be a better option than Canberra-Wellington.

No, Canberra – Wellington please. I recently visited both cities and I far preferred Wellington to Auckland. It’s a much easier, more pleasant city to walk around as a tourist and far better than Auckland to pick up hire cars in, as the traffic in Auckland is AWFUL. I commented to some NZers that if – when 🙂 – I visited the north island again, if I didn’t have a strong reason to visit Auckland, I would fly in and out of Wellington. The NZers’ response was, “I would agree with that.”

Mostly agree. Auckland has an horrendous set of ring roads that really spoil the beautiful setting, and although the surrounding countryside has some good places to eat, inside Auckland’s CBD with a few exceptions (sushi being very good) the food is fairly ordinary.

Wellington is one hell of a party town and I love their food and entertainment scene.

JC 12:26 am 13 Jan 16

dungfungus said :

Also, has Canberra Airport really got the human resources to process 300 international passengers arriving and departing at the same time? This requires customs and immigration inputs which are not required for existing domestic services.

Mr negativity, the answer is yes. Might surprise you but the Customs section of the now border force and AQIS already have a sizeable presence at Canberra airport already. They do customs and AQIS clearance on international removals, which as you can imagine in a capital city with lots of foreign embassies and Australian staff posting in/out is quite sizeable.

Just need to send them over to the terminal for a few hours for each flight. Probably only extra staff required would be a dedicated immigration specialist from border force, bearing in mind their ‘customs’ counterparts do the general clearances so maybe only 1 or 2 max. Shouldn’t be too hard to find them in Canberra.

JC 12:19 am 13 Jan 16

Kim F said :

I would think Canberra-Auckland would be a better option than Canberra-Wellington.

The reason it is Wellington is SQ would appear to be linking two cities that would be marginal in their own rights from Singapore. So double up cities and kill three birds with one stone. SIN-CBR, SIN-WLG and CBR-WLG.

dukethunder 8:58 pm 12 Jan 16

Guessing Singapore thinks there’s money in sing-cba and sing-wel. The cba-wel is incidental. Singapore already has a direct route to Auckland. Really hope these routes get off the ground…

watto23 2:02 pm 12 Jan 16

Kim F said :

I would think Canberra-Auckland would be a better option than Canberra-Wellington.

well of course, but I’m sure they have a direct flight to Auckland cause its big enough. This flight would give people in Wellington a quicker one stop flight to Singapore over going via Auckland and combined the cities may make for a full flight. Plus its probably going to be scheduled to be convenient to government employees.

Maya123 1:20 pm 12 Jan 16

Kim F said :

I would think Canberra-Auckland would be a better option than Canberra-Wellington.

No, Canberra – Wellington please. I recently visited both cities and I far preferred Wellington to Auckland. It’s a much easier, more pleasant city to walk around as a tourist and far better than Auckland to pick up hire cars in, as the traffic in Auckland is AWFUL. I commented to some NZers that if – when 🙂 – I visited the north island again, if I didn’t have a strong reason to visit Auckland, I would fly in and out of Wellington. The NZers’ response was, “I would agree with that.”

Southmouth 1:01 pm 12 Jan 16

More aircraft noise. A pox on them all.

Nilrem 12:47 pm 12 Jan 16

Kim F said :

I would think Canberra-Auckland would be a better option than Canberra-Wellington.

I appreciate that Auckland is a much bigger city than Auckland, but maybe they are thinking of the capital-to-capital links – official travel?

Kim F 12:12 pm 12 Jan 16

I would think Canberra-Auckland would be a better option than Canberra-Wellington.

dungfungus 11:32 am 12 Jan 16

I hope this deal is successful – it may depend more on Canberra & regional people leaving Canberra and returning rather than overseas tourists coming to Canberra and then returning overseas.
The timing is not good with a falling Australian dollar and the risk of terrorism emerging as deterrents to fly to Asia and beyond however Singapore is an excellent airport to transit through..
A lot will depend on the pricing being competitive with what is available through Sydney and Melbourne and how those airports may react.
Also, has Canberra Airport really got the human resources to process 300 international passengers arriving and departing at the same time? This requires customs and immigration inputs which are not required for existing domestic services.

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