Travellers flying in and out of Adelaide will soon benefit from increased capacity as two major airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines, announce the introduction of larger aircrafts on their routes, demonstrating their confidence in the South Australian market.
Starting from October 29, 2023, Qatar Airways will upgrade its service to Adelaide by deploying the B777-300ER aircraft. This move will significantly boost capacity with an additional 71 seats per flight, marking a substantial 25% increase in available seats.
Simultaneously, from the same date, Singapore Airlines will introduce the B787-10 Dreamliner on its Adelaide route, adding 34 more seats per flight, representing an 11% increase in capacity.
The airline is also planning to introduce an additional four flights per week to Adelaide between December 2023 and January 2024.
This expansion will elevate the daily flight frequency to a remarkable 11 flights per week, contributing an extra 18,180 seats and translating into an impressive 53% increase in available capacity.
These strategic enhancements in flight capacity arrive as Adelaide Airport enjoys a series of positive developments with several international and domestic airlines either initiating or amplifying their services to South Australia.
Regional Express Airlines (REX) will inaugurate its Brisbane services starting October 30, 2023, facilitating increased connectivity between Adelaide and Brisbane.
Adding to this growing momentum, Batik Air Indonesia has announced its plans to launch Indonesian services on November 8, complementing its existing Malaysian operations. The airline intends to operate four new weekly services from Denpasar to Adelaide, becoming South Australia’s first international carrier to serve multiple direct destinations.
VietJet will also contribute to Adelaide’s expanding international reach by offering five services per week beginning on November 21, 2023.
This new route will connect Ho Chi Minh City, Perth, and Adelaide. Of particular significance, this marks the first time a Vietnamese airline has made Adelaide a regular destination, opening up vital tourism and trade markets in Asia.
“We are focused on growing tourism and making sure South Australia is front and centre for Australians considering a holiday,” Zoe Bettison, Minister for Tourism, says.
Bettison highlighted the importance of strengthening relationships with leading airline providers and pursuing new opportunities to secure additional flights and enhance connectivity. She alsor noted that strong growth in interstate and international expenditure has contributed to South Australia’s visitor economy, which has surged from $6.1 billion in June 2022 to a current level of $9.9 billion within just 12 months.
International expenditure has shown remarkable growth, increasing by 24% in the last quarter alone, nearly reaching its pre-pandemic levels of $1.2 billion, currently standing at $1 billion.
“Increased flight capacity is a great result for tourism and investment in SA,” Bettison says.