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Changi Airport to welcome TransAsia Airways

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 Tiger Airways.

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. The flight details are as follows:

Route Flight Number Departure/Arrival (Local time) Days of Operations Effective Date
Taipei - Singapore GE887Departure TPE 7.20pm Arrival SIN 11.45pmDaily30 June 2011
Singapore - Taipei GE888Departure SIN 7.20am Arrival TPE 11.45amDaily1 July 2011

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

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 or call +65 6534 1833.

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