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Singapore Airlines Welcomes Wellcamp and Increases Cargo Capacity to Adelaide and Perth

June 23, 2020 Cargo & Freight No Comments Email Email

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has added Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba to its list of Covid-era cargo destinations as part of the Federal Government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) programme.

Last night SIA operated the first, once weekly cargo-only passenger flight to the regional Queensland airport. There will be a total of six once weekly flights, which will provide local producers with more than 180 tonnes of cargo capacity to send their fresh produce to markets across the globe.

Using an Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, yesterday’s flight marked SIA’s inaugural service to Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, a milestone welcomed by Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr. Philip Goh.

“We are pleased to be able to support Queensland producers through the Australian Government’s IFAM programme with the launch of weekly flights to Wellcamp,” Mr Goh said.

“Queensland has been an important part of our passenger and cargo network for more than 35 years and last night’s inaugural cargo-only passenger service to Wellcamp is a happy milestone during these challenging times.

“The maiden flight carried pork, avocados and heavy machinery to Singapore, and avocados shipments going beyond, to Hong Kong.

“We look forward to working closely with the Federal and State Governments, as well as local freight forwarders and producers to make the remaining five flights a success.”

Mr. Goh noted that in addition to the six, once-weekly services to Wellcamp Airport, the Australian Government’s IFAM programme is also supporting twice weekly services to Perth using SIA’s Boeing 787-10. The IFAM-supported flights, which began on 26 May, will run through until 15 August carrying chilled pork to the Singapore market.

The IFAM programme will also continue to support a six-week extension to the once weekly A350-900 medium-haul flight to Adelaide.

SIA’s IFAM-supported Adelaide-Singapore cargo-only passenger flights have carried more than 170 tonnes of meat, tuna, seafood, dairy products, wine, pharmaceuticals, fresh fruit and manufacturing equipment not only to Singapore, but also to destinations in Europe, North Asia, South East Asia, South Africa and the United States.

“The six IFAM-supported flights have provided a significant benefit to the South Australian economy, helping to sustain local producers and manufacturers,” Mr. Goh added.

“We are very pleased the Australian Government has decided to support the continuation of these services for a further six weeks.

“The additional support for 24 cargo-only passenger flights from Perth, to transport chilled Pork, will also go a long way to benefitting the Western Australian economy.

“Ensuring Australian producers have access to global supply chains and the ability to move their products efficiently around the world is something we are pleased to be able to provide.

“Australia has been an important part of our global network for more than 53 years and while the Covid-19 pandemic has inhibited the ability for people to travel, we are very proud to be able to continue to support the Australian economy, producers and manufacturers through operating these IFMA-supported cargo-only passenger services.”

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