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    Singapore’s Silk Air set to fly into Cairns every day of the week

    Hot off the heels of Qantas introducing more flights to Cairns, Silk Air has announced plans for a daily Cairns-Singapore service.

    The regional wing of Singapore Airlines already services the route with five flights a week.

    The extra flights, on Tuesdays and Sundays with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, are scheduled to begin on June 2nd, 2019.

    Silk Air Chief Executive, Mr Foo Chai Woo, said the carrier has been working with Tourism and Events Queensland to secure the deal.

    “We look forward to bringing even more travelers to Australia’s adventure capital, home to world famous sights such as the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest,” he said.

    Silk Air’s Cairns flights were first introduced in 2015, giving Cairns passengers greater connectivity to the world, through access to Singapore’s Changi Airport. 

    Cairns Airport's Paul McLean said the additional flights are well-timed to connect to Singapore Airlines’ European flights.

    “The daily service will provide locals with even more choice to fly international direct from Cairns, as opposed to travelling south from Cairns to fly north," he said.

    According to Queensland’s Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones, demand for the route has grown significantly, with support from the Queensland Government Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.

    “These additional flights will attract up to 10,200 visitors over two years, supporting up to 240 jobs.” 

    “Travelers from these important markets will be able to choose Cairns as their preferred gateway to Australia,” she said.

    The additional flights are subject to regulatory approvals. 

    Tickets are not yet on sale.