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    SilkAir increases direct flights to Singapore due to high demand

    The tourism industry continues to soar with SilkAir adding another direct return service between Singapore and Cairns each week on a year round basis from November.

    Cairns Airport CEO Norris Carter said the extra flight offers an excellent increase in connectivity for international visitors to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

    “SilkAir announced earlier this year they would operate five flights per week for the peak period of July and August," Mr Carter said.

    “To hear that this level of frequency is going to become part of their year round schedule from November is very good news.

    “The Singapore service has gone from strength to strength since it commenced in May 2015 with three return flights per week. It attracts European, Chinese, South East Asian and Indian travellers, who make up almost 60 per cent of all international visitors to Cairns.

    “It also provides residents of Far North Queensland with the convenience of a direct link to Singapore and beyond, saving them travel time.”

    A SilkAir spokesperson said the airline is pleased with the performance of their Singapore – Cairns service.

    “We are introducing this additional rotation as a permanent part of the service’s schedule in response to demand,” Ravindran said.

    “Since we began the service we have seen demand on the Singapore – Cairns route continue to grow as we’ve increased from three to four and soon to five rotations each week.”