Sydney will become the first international destination in the world to welcome flights from new budget Asian airline Scoot, with flights between the Harbour City and Singapore to launch mid next year.
It will be the first budget Asian airline to fly out of Sydney, with Air Asia flying from Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Perth to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Adhering to the low-cost model that has proven popular on short-haul routes, Scoot will offer airfares up to 40 per cent less than legacy carriers.
Victoria and Queensland were also in the running for the first flights.
The move will mean an extra 400 airline seats a day in and out of Sydney, opening the area up to more destinations in the Asia-Pacific region for budget travellers.
“As the first true no-frills airline operating between Sydney and Asia, we can’t wait to bring a whole new way to travel and even better airfares to shake up the industry,” Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson said.
Scoot will start with a fleet of four B777-200 aircraft purchased from parent company Singapore Airlines.
NSW premier Barry OFarrell said the move would inject about $150 million a year to the state’s economy.
He said the move was a significant step towards the goal of doubling overnight tourism expenditure by 2020, placing Sydney front and centre of the boom in budget travel in emerging markets like Singapore, China and India.
“It’s also confirmation that Sydney remains Australia’s only true global city,” he said.
Singapore is Australia’s sixth largest international tourism market.
Destination NSW in conjunction with Sydney Airport, Tourism Australia and Scoot, will be investing in a two-year marketing and promotion plan for the airline’s new Sydney route.