Council commends Canberra Airport for securing international flights
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Singapore Airlines that it will operate regularly scheduled international flights to Canberra Airport.
Due to commence in September this year, the new ‘Capital Express’ route will provide two direct international destination options, with four flights a week linking Canberra with Singapore and four flights a week connecting Canberra with Wellington.
Mayor Gash said she commends Canberra Airport for securing the ground-breaking deal with Singapore Airlines and expects the flights to bring a host of benefits to the Shoalhaven region.
“This announcement is big news for our region as it means passengers can fly from one of Asia’s biggest airports directly to Canberra, and then be in the Shoalhaven within two and a half hours.”
“We are also extremely excited that for the first time ever the Australian and New Zealand capital cities will be connected by non-stop flights.”
“International visitors are currently our largest growth area in tourism and our latest research shows that they account for just over 40,000 overnight visitor to our region. This is the highest estimate recorded over a twelve month period since records have been available.”
“There is no doubt this is a massive win and an exciting development for our region. With a growing number of international ready businesses and product in the region we are on the edge of something really exciting.”
“However, this isn’t only a win for our tourism industry, it’s also a win for all of our Shoalhaven business and residents who already make use of Canberra Airport for domestic services.”
“The fact that the road link from Nowra to Canberra via Nerriga and Tarago is now fully tar sealed, makes the time taken to reach Canberra comparable to reaching Sydney’s Mascot terminals.”
“This new opportunity will also provide local businesses with freight consignments with a way of avoiding the congestion at Mascot by using Singapore, through Canberra, as a hub to reach markets in Asia, North America and Europe,” said Clr Gash.
Mayor Gash said she encourages all business who have a basic understanding of what it means to be export ready to attend an upcoming workshop hosted by Destination NSW, who will be in the Shoalhaven region next month.
The hands-on strategy-building workshop is aimed at businesses wanting to move forward in international markets and distribution and will provide business owners with the tools needed to take the final steps into export readiness and selling products internationally.
For more information on how to book a workshop contact firstname.lastname@example.org.