Addis Ababa, Athens and Stockholm will be the new long-haul destinations on Singapore Changi timetable from this IATA summer season starting on March 31.
In an interview to Singapore newspaper Straits Times, Singapore Changi will have more flights and see more capacities to existing destinations as well as services to new cities. In May, Singapore Airlines will launch a new service to Stockholm in Sweden, via Moscow, while its long-haul budget arm Scoot will start flying to Athens, Greece, in June.
Ethiopian Airlines, which stopped flying to Singapore from Addis Ababa in September 2014 because of weak demand, will resume services in June with five flights a week between the two cities.
Talking to the newspaper -a reliable source of information about Singapore as it is deemed to be the ‘voice of the government’-Changi Airport Group managing director (air hub development) Lim Ching Kiat declared: “Travel in the Asia-Pacific region has seen healthy growth in the past 12 months, and we are pleased that the increase in services will strengthen Changi Airport’s network.
“With Africa as the next frontier in emerging markets, we are also excited about the relaunch of flights to Addis Ababa”, he added.
There will also be more flights to 12 destinations in the Asia-Pacific, told Kiat. The airport is due to see progressively an additional 12,000 weekly one-way seats from Singapore, with about two- thirds of the growth on Asian routes. Among the destinations to benefit from higher capacity are Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket and Yangon in Southeast Asia, Ahmedabad in western India and Dhaka, Bangladesh in South Asia, as well as the Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Changi Airport, which handled a record 58.7 million passengers last year – 5.9 per cent higher than in 2015 – is expected to continue to increase flight numbers and services as the demand for air travel in the region continues to grow, analysts said to the newspaper.
(Source: Straits Times)