Celebrating the launch of service between Urumqi and Singapore with a gift exchange are Mr Guo Hong, Chief Marketing Officer, West Air Company Limited and Mr Liew Zhong Yao, Senior Manager Airline Development, Changi Airport Group.
- West Air now serves Singapore (SIN) from Urumqi (URC) via Chongqing (CKG). The 5,745-kilometre route which launched on 2 September is not served by any other carrier. West Air will operate the route four times weekly (increasing to daily by the end of October) using its fleet of 20 A320s. The airline is owned by Hainan Airlines and is a founding member of the U-FLY Alliance. Singapore is currently the airline’s only international destination. Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s (CAG) MD for Air Hub Development, said: “Earlier this year, CAG entered into a six-party Memorandum of Strategic Cooperation with a number of airlines including West Air, as well as Chongqing Airport Group to grow air connectivity between Western China and Singapore. With Urumqi and Singapore being key players in China’s One Belt, One Road plan, this new city link opens up more opportunities for both trade and leisure travel between our two cities, and also strengthens Singapore’s connectivity to Western China via Chongqing. Going forward, CAG will continue to work with our partner airlines to pursue new opportunities to develop our connectivity to China’s emerging cities.” With this new city link, Singapore is now connected to 32 cities in China. In the first half of 2016, China continued to be a key market for Changi Airport, with more than 2.7 million passenger movements for the sector, up 18.2% compared to the same period last year.