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The arrival of international flights to and from Canberra Airport marks an exciting new era for the Canberra Region, with expanded access to international markets set to drive innovation and growth for the regional economy. The realisation of direct flights to Asia and New Zealand (NZ) will grow inbound tourism to the Canberra region and facilitate the export of business services, produce and goods.

On 21 September 2016, Singapore Airlines will commence the operation of flights connecting Singapore, Canberra and Wellington (NZ) – the Capital Express.  Flights will commence leaving Canberra for Singapore four times a week on a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (refer flight schedule below). Each and every leg of the B777-200 flight on the Capital Express is capable of transporting 20 tonnes of freight, that’s 80 tonnes of freight each week between Canberra-Singapore and Canberra-Wellington.

Flight Schedules*

Flight Number and Routing Days of Operation Time of Departure Time of  Arrival
SQ291 Singapore-Canberra Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23:00 08:35
SQ291 Canberra-Wellington Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 9:50 15:05
SQ292 Wellington-Canberra Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 20:15 22:05
SQ292 Canberra-Singapore Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 23:30 05:50

*All times are local for each airport.

Flights between Canberra and Singapore will allow produce to be ‘picked and packed’ during the day for a night time departure, delivering fresh product the following morning in Singapore and other Asian cities. With less than a 24-hour turnaround for wholesalers, this a great win for both exporters (paddock) and consumers (on the plate).

The final destination for these export products may not always be Singapore. Changi Airport is a strategic hub and an important gateway to South East Asia (and the Middle East) with its burgeoning middle class demand for high-quality, fresh, clean and reliable produce.

Canberra Airport is the only curfew-free major airport servicing NSW (Sydney, Newcastle and Gold Coast are curfew airports) and is slot free. Further it is the only curfew-free major airport between Brisbane and Melbourne with capacity to service heavy aircraft up to B747 operation. ‘Paddock to plate’ timeframes are significantly reduced with produce going through Canberra Airport rather than Kingsford Smith Airport.

For further information contact:

Noel McCann
Phone 6275 2255