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Scoot Airlines flights a boost to the tourism industry

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Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism

Scoot Airlines Flights a Boost to the Tourism Industry 01 December 2011

The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, has welcomed a new low-cost carrier into the Australian air-travel market.

Scoot Airlines today announced that Sydney will be its first global destination, with services between Singapore and Sydney commencing in mid-2012.

Scoot is a low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. Its Boeing 777 aircraft will fly medium to long-haul routes to and from Singapore. First-year destinations include Australia and China. Scoot also aims to expand into India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“Scoot Airlines will enable more people to visit Australia and bring more business for Australian tourism operators,” Minister Ferguson said.

“With Asia’s growing middle classes, Singapore is becoming an increasingly important hub for the regional tourism industry worth almost $11 billion in tourism expenditure.

“For its part, the Australian Government is proud of its marketing commitment to Scoot’s Sydney route through Tourism Australia. More choice is good for passengers and good for the many jobs in Australia that rely on tourism.

“Tourism Australia will continue to work with Scoot Airlines to attract flights to other destinations in Australia.”

Tourism Australia spent $23 million in 2010-11 partnering 14 different airlines on 50 campaigns in 23 markets in cooperative marketing campaigns. Of this, $2 million was used specifically to support new route start-ups. For 2011-12, the aviation development fund has been increased by 40 per cent to $2.8 million.

The Government’s efforts to increase aviation capacity are bearing fruit. Air-services talks between Australia and China, for example, negotiated a 55 per cent increase in available capacity entitlements, phased in over 12 months.

Scoot’s move follows that of other airlines choosing to fly to Australia. For the first time, China’s largest airline, China Southern, is connecting Western Australia with Australia’s most valuable tourism market. This new Perth service builds on network that connects Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Guangzhou.

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Recently announced additional Qantas A380 flights to Hong Kong will also strengthen links between Australia and Chinese tourists.

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