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More seats to Northeast and Southeast Asia from Changi Airport

Press Release   •   Nov 03, 2011 17:29 SGT

SINGAPORE, 3 November 2011 – The Northern-Winter 2011/12[1] season which starts this week sees an additional 280 weekly flights and 30,000 weekly one-way seats being made available at Singapore Changi Airport to Southeast and Northeast Asia, cementing Changi’s position as a major gateway to the region.

In Southeast Asia, Jetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Tiger Airways will operate 50 additional weekly flights to and from Bangkok while AirAsia and Jetstar Asia will operate 42 additional weekly flights to and from Kuala Lumpur.  In total, Changi will be connected to and from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur by 364 and 607 weekly flights respectively.  Separately, Changi will be connected to all nine of Singapore’s ASEAN neighbours later this month when Lao Airlines commences thrice-weekly services from Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

Changi Airport will also strengthen its connectivity to China with an additional 6,700 weekly one-way seats to Beijing, Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.  SilkAir operates thrice-weekly services to Changsha, a new city link for Changi, from 31 October.  Changi is now connected to 25 Chinese cities via more than 650 weekly flights.

Passenger traffic between Singapore and Japan experienced its third consecutive month of growth in September 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami in March this year.  With Singapore Airlines restoring an additional daily service to Tokyo Haneda from 30 October, the frequency between Singapore and Tokyo[2] will return to pre-earthquake levels with some 150 weekly flights connecting the two cities.

Along with the commencement of Lufthansa’s A380 operations in Singapore this week, Changi Airport will welcome Transaero’s weekly service to Moscow in January 2012.  At the same time, Singapore Airlines will increase capacity on its existing Singapore-Frankfurt-New York route with an A380 service.

With the increase in frequencies for the Northern-Winter 2011/12 season, Changi Airport is set to serve more than 6,200 weekly flights by the end of March 2012.  This is an increase of about 5%, compared to the over 5,900 weekly flights Changi handled at the end of the Northern-Summer 2011 season.

On the cargo front, there is also additional capacity from Changi Airport to Germany and Europe with the commencement of Lufthansa’s all-cargo freighter operations at Changi and Singapore Airlines Cargo’s new twice-weekly services to Frankfurt.  Using the 89-tonne MD11F aircraft, Lufthansa’s all-cargo carrier will complement its existing Aerologic services[3].  Lufthansa will operate twice-weekly services to Frankfurt with stops in Cairo, Dhaka, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sharjah.  Singapore Airlines Cargo’s services to Frankfurt will include stops in Bengaluru, Chennai and Sharjah.

As at 1 November 2011, Changi Airport serves 14 all-cargo carriers operating more than 380 weekly scheduled flights, an increase of 17% compared to a year ago.

[1] The Northern-Winter season starts from the last Sunday of October to the last Saturday of March the following year.

[2] Including both the Narita and Haneda airports.

[3] Aerologic is a Lufthansa-DHL Express venture.

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport followed on 1 July 2009.  As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services.  Through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, the Group invests in and manages foreign airports to spread the success of Changi Airport internationally.

Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is the world’s most awarded airport having garnered more than 380 accolades since it opened in 1981.  To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are 290 retail stores and 130 F&B outlets across the airport's four terminals.  Changi handled more than 42 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record.  Today, it serves some 100 airlines flying to over 210 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide.  A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.