Monday, October 22, 2018

Singapore Changi now connected to 16 Indian cities with direct flights

New Delhi: Singapore is now linked to 16 Indian cities with Bhutan’s Drukair Royal Airlines starting flights to the prosperous island nation from Guwahati. This is the first direct flight between Northeast India and Singapore.
Drukair has started twice-weekly flights from Guwahati to Singapore from September 29. This direct service will reduce travel time from almost 10 hours, including transfers, to 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Changi Airport Group air hub development MD Lim Ching Kiat said: “We are pleased to launch the first non-stop service between Northeast India and Singapore with our valued partner Drukair. India is the third largest tourism source market for Singapore and one of Changi Airport’s key growth markets. This new route further enhances connectivity between Singapore and India, bringing the city links to a total of 16. We look forward to welcoming more travellers from Guwahati, who can tap Changi’s extensive network to destinations in Asia such as Australia, China, Indonesia, and Japan.”
India is Changi’s sixth largest market, registering more than 45 lakh passenger movements in the past 12 months, growing at 14% year-on-year. “Last month, IndiGo launched daily services from Kolkata and Tiruchirapalli, operating the airline’s first services from the two cities to Singapore. Air India Express will also be launching additional four-times weekly services from Bangalore, starting from October 29. With the additional services, Changi Airport will be connected to 16 cities in India by some 280 weekly one-way services,” Changi Airport said in a statement.
22/10/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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