Singapore Airlines (SIA) will adjust its four-times-weekly Singapore-Canberra-Wellington service in favour of using Sydney and Melbourne as stopover points.

The carrier states it will begin a daily Singapore-Sydney-Canberra service on 1 May, with Boeing 777-300ERs. A four-times weekly Singapore-Melbourne-Wellington service will then begin on 3 May, where it will use 777-200ERs.

SIA tells FlightGlobal that the overall frequency of the Singapore-Sydney route will remain at five-times daily, and that the Singapore-Melbourne weekly frequency will increase to 32-times weekly.

"We have seen growth in international travel into and from both Canberra and Wellington since the launch of our new services in 2016. These new routings will allow us to serve Canberra and Wellington better, and provide Canberra with a step-up in frequency," says SIA's senior vice-president for marketing planning Tan Kai Ping.

FlightGlobal schedules data shows that the airline is the only operator on the Canberra-Singapore route. It will compete with Air New Zealand and Qantas on the Melbourne-Wellington sector.

Source: Cirium Dashboard