The inaugural flight departed Singapore’s Changi Airport on Saturday morning at 0140 and arrived at Cairns International Airport at 1025. The return flight then took off from the Queensland city at 1155 and landed back in Singapore at 1750.
SilkAir will now fly to Cairns three times a week (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays) in a circular routing with Darwin. All Saturday flights will operate on a Singapore-Cairns-Darwin-Singapore routing, while the Monday and Thursday flights run in a Singapore-Darwin-Cairns-Singapore triangle.
Cairns Airport’s CEO, Kevin Brown, said the new SilkAir would provide “a great boost for Cairns and Great Barrier Reef”.
“It also offers convenient new options for local people to travel overseas, whether to enjoy Singapore as a destination in its own right or to connect through to other destinations,” he added.
SilkAir’s chief executive, commented; “This new route will also allow us to provide connectivity to travellers from Australia to Singapore and the rest of the world via our joint SilkAir-Singapore Airlines network of more than 90 destinations in 35 countries.”