Q330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 23 Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1795 times:
You should have a good experience with Qantas. They're a great airline and I've found their long-haul economy fairly comfortable. You will have access to the "Q" seatback entertainment system on the LHR-SIN leg, and possibly on the SIN-CNS leg (I'm not sure if the equipment would be a 747 or 767). If you're really lucky, you may even find yourself on the likes of Wunala Dreaming
I've never been to Cairns, so I can't fill you in on that bit.
LordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1778 times:
Qantas does not fly SIN-CNS direct - you will have to go via BNE or SYD which is really stupid and takes a very long time; actually six or seven extra hours. Otherwise it would be a six hour flight. It really is a pity that they do not fly this route anymore. QF gave this route to their daughter (leisure company) Australian Airlines.
Cairns airport has two terminals domestic and international. International is definately better of these two with quite a good shopping and space. But is very often crowded especially when planes leave for Japan, and there are quite many of them leaving at the same time.
If you can, choose an international QF flight from BNE or SYD to CNS. They are widebodies (nowadays often B767-300s) and the inflight service is better.
Tbanger From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 266 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1741 times:
12 years ago Cairns was a hole. I believe the current Mayor of Cairns has tipped Millions of dollars into a re-beautification project and built a nice big esplanade which I believe was well worth the money.
On the other hand:
When are you going to Cairns? They are just coming into their wet season. It will last from December through to March. Will be 30 odd degrees C and pouring with rain. And the temp won't drop below 30 at night either.
Cairns weather is perfect around June-July. 25C and clear skies. it is a tropical destination and when planning holidays there, you need to prepare around the weather. I bet Cairns accomodation is dirt cheap at the moment!
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3152 posts, RR: 10 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1752 times:
Well, I live in North Queensland, in the nearby(by Australian standars that is...its still a 50 min dash 8 flight or 4 hr car drive) city of TSV for 3/4 of each year. The information you were given is correct about rain. Summer is Hot and Wet, which is partly why they call it the wet tropics. That and there is no real winter. You get the odd night that the temperature is 14 or 15 degrees at the end of June and begging of July and in extreme conditions, with extermely strong Southern Winds blowing, the temperature has dropped to about 8 Degrees. These are freak extreme days, and happen at best maybe 3 times a year.
Cairns Airport has 2 terminals, and they're within walking distance of each other. The international Terminal used to see a lot more action that in does now, with it Currently being dominated by Australian Airlines 767-338s. There is also a QF flight to Tokyo. For this reason, I would suggest you fly BA to NRT and then get on QF.
Cathay Pacifc fly A330s there a few times per week, Air Niugini fly a few F28s in (which they have an exemption form stage 3 just for this airport, but i believe that is about to expire) And Continental sneeks in during the middle of the night with a 738 a few times a week for flights to GUM. The only other international carrier i can think of is the odd Air New Zealand flight to AKL.
The Cairns International Terminal is green.
The Cairns Domestic terminal is a hangover from the early 1980s...although it has had a few modifications since then to make it look a little more presentable. For some reason, in the early 1980s, the government seemed to build all new terminals in Queensland looking the same. Townsville, Coolangatta and Cairns Terminals looked astoundingly similar for years, although all have recently had some kind of modfication.