128% surge in flight searches from HK to S'pore for F1

128% surge in flight searches from HK to S'pore for F1

SINGAPORE - Flight searches to Singapore have increased as the Formula 1 night race on Sept 19-23 draws near.

Searches made for flights on the F1 weekend showed a surge, according to travel search site Skyscanner, as compared to searches made for the previous week from Sept 12-16.

In pole position is Hong Kong with a 128 per cent growth in flight searches to Singapore, while Taiwan comes in close in second position, with an increase of 80 per cent. Third on the list is searches coming from the United Arab Emirates.

Australia and Canada, which had also hosted F1 races earlier this year, took 4th and 5th positions.

The rest of the top 10 were dominated mainly by Southeast Asian nations, with Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia coming in at 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th respectively.

The United States completed the top 10 with a slight 6 per cent increase.

"With the exception of four countries in the top 10, the growth in demand for travel to Singapore for the weekend of the race has been driven by Asia which just goes to show how popular F1 now is in this part of the world," said Ira Noviani, marketing manager of Skyscanner Singapore.

Overall, flight searches to Singapore for the Grand Prix are up 10 per cent from the weekend of last year's event.

Top 10 increases in searches to Singapore for the F1:

1. Hong Kong +128%

2. Taiwan +80%

3. United Arab Emirates +48%

4. Australia +47%

5. Canada +26%

6. Thailand +17%

7. Indonesia +14%

8. Philippines +12%

9. Cambodia +6%

10. United States +6%

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