UPDATE (November 9, 2016): The Singapore - Jakarta - Sydney route is delayed for the time being, due to decision from Indonesian civil authority, in regards to maintenance work at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Singapore Airlines is set to launch is direct route that links Jakarta and Sydney. Starting November 23, the Jakarta - Sydney flight will be operated with Boeing 777 aircraft, and scheduled for three times a week. In addition to the new route, the airline is also planning to boost its Singapore - Jakarta flight frequency.
"Australia is one of the largest tourism markets for Indonesia, hence we believe that the opening of the new route will continue to attract tourists from the country,” says General Manager Indonesia Singapore Airlines, Edwin Chiang.
In 2015, Tourism Australia reports that over Australia receives over 150,000 arrivals from Indonesia in the previous year, making it a 1 billion dollar market by 2020.
The new Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney route will be served three times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Already the busiest route in Singapore Airlines' network, eight new weekly flights are also being added between Singapore and Jakarta.