Singapore Airlines (SQ, Singapore Changi) will cancel Canberra-Wellington service on May 1, 2018, due to low passenger demand on the sector. The airline will instead increase the frequency of Singapore Changi-Canberra flights via Sydney Kingsford Smith, the Canberra Times has reported.

The Singaporean carrier launched its flights to Canberra and onwards to Wellington in October 2016. At that time, the route became the sole international service out of the Australian capital after more than a decade.

After the cancellation of the Canberra-Wellington service, the airline will start flying to the Australian capital daily instead of the current 4x weekly schedule. According to ABC, the inbound leg to Canberra will be operated via Sydney.

Qatar Airways will start flying to Canberra on February 11, but will also operate the route via Sydney. This means that Canberra will only have one-way direct international service from May onwards.

ABC has also reported that Singapore Airlines will continue to serve Wellington but will relocate the intermediary stop to Melbourne Tullamarine.