Changi expands status as regional air hub

CHANGI Airport’s tactic of promoting Singapore as a regional air hub is paying dividends, with nine carriers including China’s Hainan Airlines, the Philippines’ Airphil Express and Malaysia’s Berjaya Air commencing operations at the republic’s national airport in 2010.

The Changi Airport Growth Initiative, launched January last year (TTG Asia e-Daily, February 1, 2010), was introduced as an incentive package to promote the airport’s connectivity and drive up passenger and freight traffic.

This year, the initiative is set to add even more airlines to Changi’s growing network, with Air Macau beginning twice-weekly passenger services to Macau from January 3, and Hong Kong Airlines launching its first passenger flight from Changi on Saturday.

From January to November last year, Changi Airport handled 38 million passengers, an increase of 13.8 per cent over the same period in 2009.

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