S'pore-China air links flying higher than ever

S'pore-China air links flying higher than ever

Travellers flying to China from Singapore are benefiting from more destinations, flights and carriers as competition in the market continues to grow.

In the past few days, airlines have launched new flights from Singapore to Jinan, Lijiang and Nanchang - cities known for their history, culture and beauty.

When services to Guilin start in the coming weeks, Changi will be linked to 28 cities in China - more than for any other country from the airport.

Singapore will also have more air links to China than any other South-east Asian nation.

Between January and September, the number of travellers between the two countries passed 3.5 million. The 9 per cent jump compared with the same nine months last year outpaced the airport's overall traffic increase of 5.6 per cent.

Travel agents and industry analysts attribute the boom to the liberalisation of China's air sector and its growing middle class who have boosted full-service carriers and particularly budget ones like Tigerair, Jetstar and Scoot.

Singapore residents are also travelling more often, especially within the region.

CTC Travel spokesman Alicia Seah said: "This is a market where inbound demand is stronger. China is a huge country. The Chinese consider Singapore a paradise destination because of the security, good shopping, clean air and zero language barrier."

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