SilkAir announced they will be increasing to a daily flight from June 2019. The airline currently operates five times per week connecting Cairns to the world via Singapore.
It will be the second time SilkAir has added flights since they commenced a three day a week operation in May 2015.
Cairns Airport Chief Commercial Officer – Aviation, Paul Mclean, said “the increase to daily services will open a wider range of options for international visitors to conveniently access Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. The additional flights are well-timed to connect Singapore Airlines’ European flights.”
"The daily service will also provide locals with even more choice to fly international direct from Cairns, as opposed to travelling south from Cairns to fly north,” Mr McLean said.
SilkAir is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines (SIA), who also announced earlier this year that SilkAir will be merged into Singapore Airlines, after undergoing a major cabin upgrade, including lie-flat seats in business class and the installation of seat-back in-flight entertainment systems in both business and economy classes.
The Singapore Airlines and SilkAir networks combined offer 102 destinations in 34 countries. SilkAir currently operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A320-family aircraft and 22 Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 aircraft. It is now transitioning to an all-737 fleet. They fly to 49 destinations in 16 countries.