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Singapore Airlines to add extra weekly flight from Wellington

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News from Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines today announced it will increase the number of services between Wellington and Singapore via Melbourne, from 1 January, subject to regulatory approval.

The decision to increase the number of flights from four to five times weekly on the route is in response to increasing demand for services from the New Zealand capital.

Singapore Airlines General Manager New Zealand, Mr Kenny Teo, said the additional weekly service would help to cater for the growing demand.

“Since we launched the flight nearly three years ago as the ‘Capital Express’, we’ve seen the Wellington community embrace the opportunity to fly long-haul directly from Wellington,” Mr Teo said. “Not only have Wellingtonians embraced travelling from their home airport to our global network of over 130 destinations, but travellers from around the world have continued to travel directly to Wellington to explore the vibrant city and the surrounding regions.

“Thanks to the support from the local travel trade, Wellington Airport, Wellington Tourism and our alliance partner Air New Zealand, we have seen demand increase to a point where an additional weekly flight is needed.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to continue to grow our services here in New Zealand and provide Kiwis with even more options to explore the world, and the world even more options to explore Wellington.”

The Wellington to Singapore service will continue to be operated as part of the Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand joint venture, which delivers customers more choice when travelling to and from New Zealand.

The new fifth weekly flight will operate from Singapore as SQ247 every Wednesday at 19:45 local time, before arriving in Wellington at 12:10 local time following a short one hour 40-minute transit in Melbourne.

The return flight, SQ248 will depart Wellington at 13:30 local time, before arriving in Singapore at 22:40 local time following a one hour and 20-minute transit in Melbourne.

Flight Schedule effective from 1 January 2020

Days of Operation Flight Number Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday SQ247 SIN 1945 MEL 0510 MEL 0650 WLG 1210
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday SQ248 WLG 1330 MEL 1525 MEL 1645 SIN 2240

*all times shown are local

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News from Wellington Airport
Wellington Airport today welcomed the announcement that Singapore Airlines is increasing the number of services between Wellington and Singapore.

“There has been a 37% increase in Wellington visitor arrivals from Asia and this shows how popular the services have been,” says Wellington Airport CEO Steve Sanderson. “The increase in flights will bring even more travellers from Asia into Wellington, which is great news not only for the Wellington economy but the whole of central New Zealand.

“New Zealand travellers have also benefited from greater access to Asia and the better onward connections to Europe.

“We congratulate Singapore Airlines for their first three years’ service at Wellington Airport and look forward to many more.”

Wellington Airport has partnered with WellingtonNZ, Singapore Airlines and travel agents in Asia on a series of overseas marketing initiatives, which have helped put Wellington on the map, and on flight information displays, says Mr Sanderson.

“Wellington is being promoted across Singapore’s international network. Itineraries are being sold with either arrivals into Auckland and exiting via Wellington or arriving Wellington and exiting Christchurch.”

From 1st January 2020, the new fifth weekly flight will operate from Singapore as SQ247 every Wednesday at 19:45 local time, before arriving in Wellington at 12:10 local time following a short one hour 40-minute transit in Melbourne.

The return flight, SQ248 will depart Wellington at 13:30 local time, before arriving in Singapore at 22:40 local time following a one hour and 20-minute transit in Melbourne. The additional service is subject to regulatory approval.

2 comments:

  1. Mason, 19. July 2019, 12:47

    If these flights are successful the Moa Point nimbys will say ‘proves we don’t need the extension’. If they are a failure they will say ‘proves there is no demand for a runway extension’.

     
  2. michael, 19. July 2019, 14:49

    All very well congratulating Singapore Airlines for coming into Wellington but they are being subsidised $8million by the WCC. I wonder if they would be doing this otherwise. Let’s hope the ratepayers will not be expected to pay more now.