Scoot Airlines to link Singapore and Sydney daily
In 2012, Singaporeans can scoot on down to Sydney on a daily basis.
Singapore Airline's (SIA) long-haul budget carrier, Scoot Airlines, has revealed Sydney will be its first daily destination.
Operating out of Changi Airport's Terminal 2, the low-cost carrier will offer airfares up to 40 percent cheaper than full-service carriers.
Scoot plans on launching in June 2012, when it will be the only budget carrier flying non-stop to Sydney.
Currently Jetstar operates a Singapore-Melbourne-Sydney route.
Scoot Airlines' new route will add an extra 400 seats between Singapore and Sydney daily.
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"This is a significant step towards our goal of doubling tourism expenditure by 2020, placing Sydney front and center of the boom in budget travel in emerging markets like Singapore, China and India," said Barry O’Farrell, premier of New South Wales (NSW).
According to a Channel News Asia report, Mr O'Farrell said Scoot's presence will inject an additional A$146 (S$191) million into the NSW economy each year.
Singapore currently represents Australia's sixth-largest international tourism market. Visitor arrivals from Singapore to NSW, in the year ending June 2011, rose to 92,200 -- an increase of 16.8 percent on 2010.
Scoot is currently running a contest to give away two pairs of round-trip tickets. Sign up at FlyScoot.com or Facebook.com/FlyScoot or Facebook.com/FlyScootAU to enter. The draw will be held on February 20, 2012.