Singapore explores more air links to India

Singapore is exploring more airline services to India which is expected to overtake China and Indonesia to become the fastest-growing air-traffic generating market for Changi Airport here, according to a media report. 

New services to Pune, Madurai, Bhubaneswar and Guwahati are being explored, to add to the 15 cities in India that airlines already operate to from Singapore, said Changi Airport Group's managing director for air hub development Lim Ching Kiat. 

Comparatively, two-way traffic between Singapore and China, as well as Indonesia, grew by 12 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively. 

Nine airlines, including Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Tigerair, Air India and Jet Airways fly between Singapore and India. 

Among the Indian cities, top-performing routes include Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. The traffic increase has come on the back of additional capacity provided by airlines with more flights and flying bigger aircraft. 

Just last week, India's largest domestic carrier, IndiGo, launched a new daily non-stop service between Singapore and Bangalore. 

According to the High Commission of India in Singapore, the city state is among India's largest trade and investment partners, accounting for more than 22 per cent of India's overall trade with ASEAN countries from 2014 to 2015. 

India is currently the third largest contributor of Changi Airport's transfer traffic, after Australia and Indonesia. 

Courtesy: Economic Times
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