Tickets are now on sale for Singapore to Broome flights with a schedule being released for the trial services.
The first of the SilkAir flights starts on Tuesday, May 22, and departs Singapore’s Changi Airport at 10.30am. The flight returns to Singapore later the same day at 4pm for the expected four-hour journey from Broome.
The four return services will operate on May 22, May 26, May 29 and June 2, and will operate at the same times each day.
Tickets went on sale this week with local travel agency Broome Travel Centre being the first to offer sales to local residents.
BTC managing director Lisa Bone said there has already been strong demand for services, with a list of people registering to be among the first on board.
“The demand has been for the services departing Broome on May 22 and returning on June 2, which are the ones we need to fill with Broome residents,” she said. “We’ve put together a number of holiday packages for Singapore and beyond, as of course once you get to Singapore, there is a huge range of holiday options nearby.”
Australia’s North West Tourism chief executive Glen Chidlow said the dates provided a range of itineraries for international visitors who may look to stay for four, seven or even 11 nights in the North West.
“The dates have also been timed to coincide with a number of specific events, including school holidays in Singapore and the Staircase to the Moon in Broome,” he said. “It also means that international tourists will be visiting Broome in the early part of the tourist season, which will be welcomed by tourism operators looking to provide a warm welcome.”
Broome International Airport Paul McSweeney said early sales showed there was potential for these services to help grow international tourism visitation.
“The ability to establish an international gateway into the Kimberley is part of the long- term strategy of Broome International Airport and if these trial flights are successful, we hope to see them convert to a regular service,” he said.
16 January 2018
thewest.com.au – Glenn Cordingley