KUALA LUMPUR – Following the resounding success of last year’s direct flight trial between Singapore and Broome, SilkAir – the regional wing of Singapore Airlines – will return with Phase 2 of the trial flights to the beguiling beach resort town starting Thursday, 13 June 2019.
The flights have resulted from a partnership involving the Broome International Airport, Australia’s Northwest Tourism, The Shire of Broome and Tourism Western Australia (WA), and have been strategically timed to coincide with several specific events – including school holidays in Singapore, two race meets at the Broome Turf Club (15 & 22 June), and one of Broome’s many popular natural wonders, the Staircase to the Moon (18, 19 and 20 June).
These dates will provide a range of options available to international visitors to the North West of Australia (including Broome & The Kimberley region) who can choose to stay for three, four, or up to 11 nights.
The flight route will save more than six and a half hours of travel time; from over 10.5 hours if travellers transit through Perth Airport to around four hours. The first of the SilkAir flights will depart Singapore’s Changi Airport at 11.00 a.m., and the flight will depart Broome to return to Singapore later the same day at 4.15 p.m.
The four return flights will operate on four dates: 13, 17, 20, and 24 June, and will run at the same times each day.
SilkAir Chief Executive Mr Foo Chai Woo said: “With the return of the charter flights in June 2019, we hope to introduce more Singaporeans to Broome as a great holiday destination. We also look forward to having more travellers from Broome visit Singapore, with the opportunity to connect on to more than 100 destinations in the combined SilkAir and Singapore Airlines network.”
Ms Natasha Mahar, Australia’s North West Tourism Chief Executive Officer said: “There has already been strong interest displayed by travel agents and their clients based in Singapore who sell Broome as a destination to the Asian markets, primarily as a result of the successful 2018 trial flights and their amazing experiences visiting Broome. Further to this many Broome locals are excited about the prospect of a Singapore holiday – potentially further afar, awaiting confirmation of further flights in 2019.”
Paul McSweeney, Chief Executive Officer, Broome International Airport welcomed a return of the Singapore-Broome flights in 2019, and the chance to again showcase the amazing Broome and Kimberley Region to the world. “It is pleasing that Broome can work together with overseas agents and Tourism WA to continue the journey towards regular flights between Broome and Singapore,” he said.
Tourism Western Australia’s Managing Director Brodie Carr said: “With Singapore’s importance as the third biggest international market for Western Australia, we are excited to again welcome SilkAir’s direct flights between Singapore and Broome, which will bring more visitors and economic growth to the Broome and Kimberley region.”
“These flights help us offer an alternative gateway into Western Australia and come at an opportune time, given the growing desire among travellers in Singapore to explore exotic destinations off-the-beaten track. Broome, in Australia’s North West, is perfectly placed to provide an entry point to the many unique travel experiences in the region.”
“We look forward to working with Australia’s North West and Singapore Airlines on marketing opportunities to promote these flights in Singapore and hope to see them continue and expand in future within the Singapore Airline’s family.”
To meet this growing demand, Australia’s North West and Tourism Western Australia have developed several travel packages with local travel agencies, Chan Brothers Travel, Dynasty Travel, and Jetabout Holidays, that would appeal to a wide travel audience from families with young children to couples and friends.
Return airfares starting from RM1,762 per person are now available through all travel agents including online travel agents.
For more information: https://www.australiasnorthwest.com/singapore