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Launch of new ‘Changi Stopovers in Singapore’ programme

Indians transiting through Changi can now revel in an ‘Explore the City’ experience

Changi Airport Group (CAG) today announced the launch of its ‘Changi Stopovers’programme, aimed at enticing¬¬ passengers travelling through Changi Airport to stopover in Singapore and explore the Lion City. The programme provides attractive options for travellers to enjoy a Singapore stopover holiday when they visit Southeast Asia or while on route to a long-haul destination.

‘Changi Stopovers’ will be promoted jointly by CAG and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to overseas travellers in anS$3.2 million (INR 16.15 crore) marketing partnership spanning two years. Under the programme, passengers who book a stopover package on the Changi Stopovers website will ¬enjoy complimentary one-way airport-hotel transfer (by coach) and a mobile SIM card worth S$10(INR 500).Packages are available from S$63(INR 3180) per person onwards. A full list of current participating hotels can be found in the Annex.

Enhancing Changi’s position as a transfer hub

CAG continuously works with its industry partners to better serve the needs of its different passenger groups – including transfer and stopover passengers. The Changi Stopovers programme is its latest initiative, which will benefit transfer passengers flying with any airline operating at Changi Airport. Today, more than 100 airlines operate at Changi, connecting Singapore to some 400 cities in about 100 countries and territories worldwide.

Transfer passengers currently make up about 30 per cent of Changi Airport’s total traffic, with passenger movements from Australia and India registering as top contributors to transfer traffic at Changi. In fact, India is Changi’s sixthlargest country market, with the airport handling 4.3 million passenger movements in 2017. Last year, more than 730,000 passengers from India travelled through Changi Airport, onwards to countries including Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand. Singapore is connected to 15 Indian cities including top metros like Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai,with more than 250 weekly services operated by eightairlines.

While benefiting passengers, the programme also strengthens Changi Airport’s position as a regional hub of choice, enhancing traffic for CAG’s airline partners.

Building mindshare in key markets

CAG’s Vice President for Passenger Development, Peh Ke-Wei said, “We’re excited to launch ‘Changi Stopovers in Singapore’with strong support fromthe Singapore Tourism Board. This programme is part of our continued efforts in strengthening offerings at Changi Airport,and to sustain and attract passengers who choose to stopover in Singapore.We are also working with our airline and travel trade partners to offer this stopover programme via their sales channels in the coming months. At Changi, we always aim to present our passengers with the best travelling experience. With Jewel Changi Airport opening its doors next year, its myriad of lifestyle offerings and attractions will also offer an enhanced stopover experience for our passengers.”

Added Jacqueline Ng, Director, Marketing Partnerships & Planning, STB, “We’re pleased to partner Changi Airport Group in the Changi Stopovers programme as it enables us to reach out to a largely untapped audience. Through the offers in the Stopovers programme, we hope more transfer passengers would be convinced to stay in Singapore to explore all that our city and its myriad experiences can offer to make their entire trip even more memorable.”