Politicians happy to fly direct to Canberra

  • 21/01/2016

Wellington politicians are queuing up to get on board a new direct flight from the capital to Canberra.

Singapore Airlines announced yesterday the 'Capital Express' route will fly between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington four times a week, starting in September.

Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy said he will personally use the service.

"When one of the world's premier airlines does the numbers and decides to fly into Wellington, then it's a huge sign of confidence," he said.

"Airlines aren't known for making rash decisions."

Wellington Deputy Mayor Justin Lester said the new route provided the most seamless link between Wellington and Singapore.

It also cut the need for a two-flight trip between Australasia's two capital cities for government workers, he said.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges said the service is expected to generate $95 million in visitor expenditure and add about $44m to the national economy.

Tickets for the new service will go on sale from next Monday with economy class return fares starting from $1808 for Wellington to Singapore and $587 for Canberra to Wellington.

The airline will use a retrofitted Boeing 777-200 with 38 business class seats and 228 economy class seats.

House of Travel commercial director Brent Thomas said it would be the first direct flight from Wellington to Canberra.

"Singapore Airlines' new flight route will see more than 65,000 seats available for flights from Wellington to Canberra, allowing Wellingtonians to take a short-haul flight followed by a mid-haul flight to get to Asia," he said.

The flights are subject to regulatory approval.