SilkAir has added a seventh weekly direct flight from Darwin to Singapore.
The additional service follows the airline’s recent increase to seven weekly flights from Cairns to Singapore.
The new service represented an increase of 17 per cent in seating capacity per week, equivalent to more than 8000 seats per year.
“This new service will provide Territorians with even greater access to our global network, as well as providing an additional choice for those looking to travel directly to Singapore,” said Singapore Airlines South West Pacific regional vice president Philip Goh.
“The increase also provides additional options for international visitors looking to travel to the Northern Territory to explore the magnificent wonders of this very special part of the world and reinforces our commitment to Darwin and Northern Australia.
“We’ve seen steadily rising demand for flights to and from Darwin since we introduced services in 2012 and we are thankful for the continued support of our partners, the travel trade and our loyal customers.”
Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture chief executive Simonne Sheppard said the Asian markets are key growth areas for the NT.
“Our traditional markets are very important still for the Northern Territory … UK, USA and Germany are still very key markets,” she said.
“We have to make sure we’re looking after our traditional or mature markets but access to those growth markets is really important, so every additional seat we have access to come in is another opportunity for us to tell another person a story about why it’s so great not only to come to Darwin and the Top End but also then to other parts of the NT.”