Budget or bust

Budget or bust

Fact: More air travellers than ever before are flying budget.

It all started in 2003 when Indonesia’s Lion Air began flying to Singapore.

In 2006, only 8 per cent of passenger traffic – or 2.7 million people – at Changi Airport flew on budget airlines.

This proportion rose to 28 per cent, or 13.5 million people last year.

Changi Airport is now served by 16 budget carriers from half a dozen countries.

The four main budget players here – Jetstar Asia, AirAsia, Tigerair and Scoot – say demand is growing.

Tigerair, for example, saw an increase of 800,000 passengers in the 12 months to last month compared with the same period a year earlier.

Scoot, which operated its first flight in June last year, has been increasing the destinations it flies to. It now flies to 12 cities in Asia and Australia.

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