To provide greater convenience for these fly-ferry passengers, bus services between Changi Airport and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal were recently introduced. These buses run eight return services on weekdays and 10 return services on weekends, with one-way trips priced at S$2 each.
Providing convenience for fly-coach passengers
As for tourists who wish to visit Johor Bahru via Changi Airport, or even connect to other bus or rail services to travel onwards to the rest of Malaysia, there are regular coach services between Changi Airport and Johor Bahru. Offered by Transtar Travel, this service also provides convenience for fly-coach passengers residing in Johor Bahru and other parts of southern Malaysia.
Last year, about 14,000 passengers utilised this service every month – a 25% increase compared to the year before.
The Transtar TS1 Cross Border Service, which operates 12 return services daily, starts at Changi Airport and ends at Johor Bahru’s Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (JB CIQ). Tigerair and Jetstar passengers travelling between Changi Airport and Johor Bahru are entitled to free coach transfers.
Fly-cruise as an emerging passenger segment for Changi Airport
Cruising has also become another popular option for tourists exploring the Southeast Asian region, and this number is growing.
Last year, Singapore registered a 16% growth in cruise passenger throughput. Changi Airport’s strong air connectivity, coupled with the presence of major international cruise brands, has allowed Singapore to tap into the growing fly-cruise segment and serve as a cruise hub for the region.
Since 2012, CAG has entered into multiple partnerships with two of the largest cruise companies in the world, Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean International. Together with Singapore Tourism Board (STB), these collaborations served to not only anchor the cruise brands here but has also brought in more than 350,000 fly-cruise passengers over the past 5 years.
Earlier this year, CAG entered into a second multi-million dollar tripartite partnership with Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and STB – which is expected to bring in 45,000 fly-cruise passengers annually. The first ongoing partnership signed in 2015, is expected to bring in around 195,000 passengers to Singapore over a three-year period.
Other then such tripartite partnerships, CAG also regularly collaborates with industry partners such as airlines and travel agents in key overseas markets, to further grow fly-cruise travel to Singapore.