Marshall promises more international flights to Adelaide

Premier Steven Marshall has announced an $18 million plan to lure more direct international flights to Adelaide in a bid to boost tourism and trade if his government is re-elected.

Feb 22, 2022, updated Mar 02, 2022
Picture: Saeed Khan/AFP

Picture: Saeed Khan/AFP

The Liberals’ proposed direct flights attraction fund would target international airlines to open direct flights from Adelaide to “strategic international destinations” such as the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Vietnam and Singapore.

Marshall has also pledged to open three new trade offices in Germany, India and South East Asia if his government is re-elected at the March 19 state election.

Airlines including Singapore, Qatar and Qantas have resumed international flights out of Adelaide following COVID-19-prompted border closures.

But Emirates announced in 2020 that it would stop flights from Adelaide to Dubai indefinitely.

Marshall said the attraction fund and new trade offices would increase export opportunities for South Australian producers and manufacturers, while also providing a much-needed tourism hit following the pandemic.

“We are recognised as a clean, green state that produces high-quality products that can’t be found anywhere else,” he said.

“Our wine, our seafood and our agriculture are viewed as outstanding on the international stage.

“We want to expand on that – we want to have more South Australian products in more overseas markets.”

According to the Marshall Government, the three new offices would cost around $5.5 million over the forward estimates.

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A new trade office in Paris is also scheduled to open later this year,

It follows the establishment of South Australian trade offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and the USA, in addition to the Agent General’s office in London which has supported South Australian trade since 1859.

Labor yesterday continued its focus on health spending with a promise of an extra 50 beds at the yet-to-be-built new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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