Singapore Airlines launch daily A380 services from Melbourne Airport
Sep 30, 2009
Melbourne Airport today welcomes Singapore Airline's A380 in what is the first dedicated daily service for this aircraft in Victoria - a key achievement for the state.
Melbourne is the sixth key global business and travel destination which Singapore Airlines now operates the Airbus A380 to. The new services will result in 35,000 additional seats to Melbourne each year - a clear indication that Melbourne Airport's approach to keeping airline charges as low as possible and service levels high is working. We thank Singapore Airlines for their significant investment in Melbourne and the confidence they've shown in the Victorian market.
"Passengers flying from Melbourne to Singapore last financial year grew by 21%, in fact Singapore is our number one destination for international flights. The introduction of the A380 will continue to grow this market" said Chris Woodruff CEO Melbourne Airport. Not only will this aircraft increase capacity on the Melbourne - Singapore route, it will also provide travellers with greater access to a range of destinations on Singapore Airline's global network, further expanding direct international travel options available from Melbourne.
"Melbourne Airport is proud to deliver significantly lower charges than our interstate competitors - which is clearly appealing to our airline customers" said Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff. "Our airline customers have confidence in the strength of Melbourne as a business base and in our airport's key operational advantages, such as being curfew free, having a single terminal precinct and our new international terminal expansion" he said.
"We were the first A380-ready Australian airport and this is the first daily A380 service from Melbourne. We are continuing to build for capacity increase with the inclusion of three extra A380 compatible gates in the $330M upgrade of our international terminal".
The international passenger market in Melbourne is continuing to grow when the majority of other airports around the world are in decline. More and more, airlines are recognising this exceptional performance and are adding additional capacity to capitalise on the strength of the Victorian market.