Canberra is now an international destination, following the arrival of Singapore Airlines’ inaugural flight SQ291 from Changi on September 21. This four-times per week service has been dubbed the Capital Express as it continues on to Wellington, New Zealand, before retracing its route back to Singapore, thereby linking the capital cities of Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. It is also the first ever direct scheduled service between the capitals of Australia and New Zealand.
Despite arriving during a period of heavy rain, the first flight still received a traditional water cannon salute from the airport’s fire service.
Canberra Airport’s Managing Director, Stephen Byron said that (despite the 30 millimetres of rain!) the day “could not have gone any better and the excitement across the city and the region will really spread the word about these services.”
A report about the development work undertaken to prepare Canberra Airport for international services can be found in the August / September 2016 edition of Airports International magazine.