According to a report from Australian daily the Sydney Morning Herald, Singapore Airlines will boost its capacities to Australia and New Zealand in 2016. The paper highlighted in an article that SIA plans to grow its seats capacity by 7% to both countries.
Singapore Airlines regional vice-president South West Pacific Tiow Kor Tan highlighted to the Sydney Morning Herald that SIA services enjoyed this year an average load factor of 86%, up by five percentage points over 2014. The favourable trend is due to the weakening of local currencies which make both Australia and New Zealand more affordable for many holiday makers- and particularly Chinese travellers.
“The percentage of the load factor that has increased, the majority of it has come from inbound,” he said to the SMH. “Outbound there is also an increase but it is a small increase.”
Capacity additions next year would translate into a fifth daily Singapore-Sydney and to additional capacities to Melbourne, either with a larger aircraft or with a fifth daily frequency. The carrier will also consider capacity increases to Brisbane, including an upgrading for on-board service. A SIA lounge is scheduled to open at Brisbane Airport in early 2016.