TransAsia Airways To Operate In Changi Airport From Tomorrow 29 Jun 2011

SINGAPORE, 29 June 2011 – Changi Airport will welcome the arrival of Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways to Singapore tomorrow, with the airline’s commencement of a daily Taipei-Singapore service.

Including TransAsia Airways, six carriers will operate a total of 60 weekly services linking Singapore to Taipei. The others are Taiwan’s China Airlines and Eva Air, and Singapore-based Jetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines and TigerAir.

TransAsia will operate the A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration on the Taipei-Singapore route. The flight schedule features an early morning departure out of Changi and an end of day return from Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, which will give business and leisure travellers the opportunity to maximise their time in the Taiwanese capital. TransAsia will use Changi Airport’s Terminal 2.

Passenger traffic between Singapore and Taipei rose 21.2% to 835,000 passenger movements in 2010, compared with the year before. In the first five months of 2011, the route grew by 16.5% to more than 385,000 passenger movements.

Changi Airport Group’s Executive Vice President for Air Hub Development, Mr Yam Kum Weng, said, “We warmly welcome to Changi Airport, TransAsia Airways, an established Taiwanese airline with a heritage of good service and reliability. The commencement of TransAsia’s Taipei-Singapore service is timely to meet the strong travel demand by both Taiwan and Singapore residents on this sector, and provides travellers with more options when visiting both cities.”

TransAsia Airways is the fourth carrier, after Air Macau, Hong Kong Airlines and Finnair, to join Changi’s family of airlines this year. As at 1 June 2011, Changi Airport serves 100 airlines operating more than 5,700 weekly flights to more than 200 cities in 60 countries and territories.

“We are delighted to celebrate the commencement of our daily service to Singapore on our 60th anniversary. Our business and leisure passengers can look forward to exciting product offerings which include an excellent flight schedule in and out of Changi. We look forward to working closely with Changi Airport Group to grow our business in Singapore and the region,” said Mr Vincent Lin, Chairman of TransAsia Airways.

To celebrate its commencement of operations at Changi Airport, TransAsia Airways is offering promotional fares for return business class and economy class tickets at S$888 and S$318 respectively. Fares exclude all applicable fees and surcharges, and terms and conditions apply.

1 The promotional fares for the economy class and business class tickets are for travel from 1 July 2011 to 15 July 2011, and from 1 July 2011 to 31 August 2011 respectively. For more information, please email reservations@transasia.com.sg or call +65 6534 1833.

About Changi Airport Group

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services.

Through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, the Group invests in and manages foreign airports to spread the success of Changi Airport internationally.

Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is the world’s most awarded airport having garnered more than 360 accolades since it opened in 1981. Changi handled more than 42 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record in passenger traffic.

The airport, which has four terminals, serves some 100 airlines flying to over 200 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every two minutes.

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