New direct flights to boost visitor numbers into northern Australia

20 Jun 2018

New direct flight routes between Singapore and Broome, and Shenzhen and Darwin are expected to boost visitor numbers into northern Australia.

In June, China’s Donghai Airlines began direct flights to Darwin from Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. The Northern Territory Government anticipates the direct route will bring thousands of new Chinese visitors to the Territory, with the potential to deliver A$32 million in new visitor expenditure each year.

‘We attract 18,000 Chinese visitors annually to the Territory and this direct flight is crucial as we target 30,000 visitors from China by 2020 – and this is great for job creation,’ says Lauren Moss, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Northern Territory Government.

In June 2018, Singapore’s SilkAir is running four return trial flights from Singapore to Broome. A Government of Western Australia media release states the deal was organised by Broome businesses, Broome International Airport, Australia’s North West regional tourism organisation and SilkAir.

‘The State Government is focused on bringing more visitors to Western Australia to boost our economy through visitor spend and create more jobs,’ says Paul Papalia, Minister for Tourism, Government of Western Australia. ‘Increasing aviation access into the State will help us achieve that goal.’

Northern Australia’s economic development is a priority for the Australian Government. In close cooperation with the governments of the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, the Australian Government has instituted business-friendly reforms committed to developing long-term growth in the north. Read the Australian Government’s 2015 White Paper for more information.