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Singapore Airlines Marks 40 Years of Flying to and from Adelaide, South Australia’s Capital City

“Singapore Airlines has been an incredible supporter of the Adelaide market over four decades. The airline has been with us through the highs of the extraordinary growth of international travel and the lows of the COVID pandemic when SIA was one of the first international airline to re-introduce flights in mid-2020 to help repatriate South Australians desperate to return home at the height of the pandemic and to transport SA exports to global markets. SIA was a ground breaker in providing South Australians with one-stop connections to Europe and the UK, rather than having to backtrack via Sydney or Melbourne. In 2018, Singapore Airlines chose Adelaide as their global launch port for its brand new A350MH aircraft.”

Brenton Cox, Managing Director Adelaide Airport

Adelaide Airport at sunset
<em><kbd>Adelaide Airport at sunset Shot on 11 March 2024<kbd><em>

Singapore Airlines marks 40 years of flying to and from South Australia’s capital city on 31 March 2024 and is Adelaide’s longest-serving international airline. SIA’s inaugural service saw a Boeing 747 landing in Adelaide on 31 March 1984, just less than 18 months after Adelaide Airport opened its international terminal. Adelaide was also Singapore Airlines’ launch destination for the airline’s new A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, which landed on 17 December 2018.

During the 40 years of supporting the South Australian market, Singapore Airlines has operated continuously other than for a short period in 2020 at the height of the COVID pandemic. Today, it is the only airline that serves this route.

Tourism expenditure of daily direct Singapore Airlines flights is estimated to generate A$96 million for the state each year, according to data from South Australian Tourism Commission.

“The State Government is focused on bolstering the world’s access to Adelaide providing a crucial link to into South Australia’s traditionally strong European markets, as well as the UK, Middle East, India, and the east coast of the US. Bringing international passengers direct to Adelaide is crucial for growing our state’s visitor economy, and I thank Singapore Airlines for its commitment to Adelaide and the ongoing role this important airline plays in boosting tourism expenditure and promoting travel to our state in key global markets,” shared South Australia’s Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 at Adelaide Airport
<em><kbd>Singapore Airlines Boeing 787 10 at Adelaide Airport on 12 March 2024<kbd><em>

Singapore Airlines currently operates a daily flight on its Boeing 787-10 aircraft between Singapore Changi Airport and Adelaide Airport. The frequency of flights will increase to 10 flights per week in October, shares Louis Arul, Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, South West Pacific.

SQ 279 departs Singapore at 11.10pm and arrives in Adelaide at 8.25am. The return flight SQ 274 departs Adelaide at 10.30 am and arrives in Singapore at 3.10pm.

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