Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced it will be offering a fifth daily service between its Singapore hub and Sydney.

Starting 27 October next year, the Star Alliance carrier will add a new 0645 daily flight to its Singapore schedule. This will be available for the six-month Northern Winter season, subject to regulatory approvals, Sydney airport said.

SIA will deploy a mix of Airbus A380, A350-900 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its five daily Sydney frequencies.

This new fifth flight means Sydney airport will become the largest port in the airline’s network from Changi Airport, with more than 12,000 seats available for passengers each week.

Singapore Airlines is also offering the fifth daily supplementary service during the upcoming Christmas holiday peak from 2 December to 14 January.

Three other airlines operate between Sydney and Singapore: Qantas, British Airways, and SIA’ Scoot.

Low-cost carrier Scoot is also increasing capacity and will offer 12 weekly return flights between Sydney and Singapore starting in December.

Starting in December, all four airlines will offer a total of 69 return flights between Sydney airport and Changi airport.

“We are pleased to be able to bring our Sydney flights back to our pre-Covid frequency of five flights daily,” said SIA regional vice president Southwest Pacific, Louis Arul.

“Demand for travel to and from Sydney has bounced back strongly from the pandemic and the additional daily service will provide further room for growth as travellers enjoy more connecting options through Singapore Changi Airport to major cities in Asia and Europe.”

In related news, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways recently announced it was back to a pre-pandemic schedule between Sydney and Hong Kong with four flights a day.

Back at SIA, the carrier also revealed earlier this month that it would increase flights from Singapore to Adelaide to 10 per week, also commencing in October 2024.

The announcement followed the airline flying Boeing 787—10 Dreamliners to Adelaide from last month, increasing capacity by 34 seats per flight, an 11 per cent increase.

SIA also has scheduled an additional four flights a week to Adelaide between December 2023 and January 2024. This increase from daily to 10 flights per week will create an additional 105,000 seats per annum.