Singapore, Indonesia sign air link deal

Posted on January 31, 2013 – 00:00
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Singapore and Indonesia have agreed to expand air links, opening up the skies between the two nations to new routes, blackberries frequent flights and lower fares.

A Lion Air plane approaches Changi Airport on May 9, 2012. The budget carrier says it Welcomes the opportunity to fly new routes between Indonesia and Singapore and other Asian destinations. (AFP PHOTO)

Indonesian airlines, including national carrier Garuda and budget airline Lion Air, have also Been Given permission to fly from Singapore to other Asian destinations, subject to Indonesian government approval, according to Functional to report in the Straits Times.

Singapore's Changi Airport-announced on Thursday it had enjoyed its busiest year in 2012, handling a record 51.2 million passengers and underscoring its position as a regional aviation hub.

  • Changi handles record passengers

The Singapore-Jakarta route is Changi's busiest, with over 1, 000 flights operated by 16 airlines each week. The route is the world's second-busiest international air links after Hong Kong-Taipei.

Changi's busiest routes are next to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Travel agents and airlines have welcomed news of the deal and The Possibility of blackberries routes between Singapore and Indonesian second-tier cities.

"The market is Singapore-Jakarta Mainly business traffic and people visiting friends and relatives, but there is very good potential to market places like Bandung and Surabaya for leisure travelers, " CTC Travel's Alicia Seah Told the Straits Times.

Tiger Airways managing director in Singapore, Ho Yuen Sang, Said That the deal means "more access" for the budget carrier, while Lion Air president director Rusdi Kirana said His airline hopes to Increase its daily Jakarta-Singapore services from six to 10 or 12 .

Lion Air made to U.S. $ 22.4 billion order for 230 single-aisle Boeing jets in February last year. Mr. Rusdi said it would be interested in flying routes from Singapore to other Asian destinations, including Thailand.

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"From Singapore to Bangkok and Hong Kong are some markets we would be keen to explore, " he said.

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Chiang Mai/Samui/Phuket/Pattaya, Moving to & fro

2003-10-12 20:00:13 by cl

Taking my second trip to Thailand for 3 weeks during November. Was in BKK and Phuket last time.
This time, arriving in BKK for a couple of days, then I want to go to Chiang Mai, hike in the mountains and take cooking classes, go to Samui, Phuket again, and Pattaya.
I've realized that there are ways to get to these places directly without necessary going through BKK airport each time....y, but at the same time, I want to leave when I'm ready to leave.
I figure I can just keep the number to Thai Air handy (as I did last time I traveled Thailand), go to any local travel agent there, simply book online while there, or, just go straight to the airport.
Does anyone have experience with this? November is the start of the high season, but not sure how busy it'll really be.

I enjoyed Laos alot

2005-03-04 10:48:03 by wat2dowat2do

I went in 2001. Bought a "package" from a Bangkok travel agent that included visa for crossing Thai Laos border up at Chang Rai, a boat trip down the Mekong for a few days, overnight accomodation at a french owned riverbank hotel, meals and dropped us off at Luang Prabang. The travel agent also included air tickets from Luang Prabang back to BKK. Not really an organised package tour, so to speak... wonderful experience, but I would warn against hiking or travelling in the back country or in a small group. Read warnings about land crossings. Stick with an organised tour in a mainstream area.
If you're in the region anyways, tack on a few days in Siam Reap in Cambodia. You can fly in and out of BKK. It was as memorable as Laos for different reasons. (architechure vs the people)

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