National carrier Air India logged a healthy 25 per cent growth in passenger traffic to Singapore in 2015 over the year-ago period driven by increased capacity (seat deployment) and scaled up operations to the South-east Asian country.
Significantly, Air India was one of leading contributor in Changi Airport’s traffic growth from the South Asian carrier in 2015.
Air India currently operates 42 weekly flights between India and Singapore, with daily services from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
“The airline (Air India) registered a strong 25 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger carriage on its Singapore routes in 2015, largely spurred by an increased passenger capacity due to aircraft upgrade, as well as an expansion of routes in the last two years,” according to Changi Airport statement.
According to the statement, which came on the occasion of Changi Airport 2016 Awards ceremony early this week, Air India was named top airline by absolute growth in passenger carriage (South Asia).
Changi airport had logged a 2.6 per cent growth in 2015 with 55.4 million passengers using the airport last year and Indian fliers accounting for a little over six per cent in the overall growth.
In 2015, 3.4 million passengers travelled between India and Singapore from 13 cities here in 404 flights on a weekly basis.
Changi Airport is the most connected Southeast Asian airport to India, and a gateway to the rest of Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
At the annual event, which is into its 11th year 25 awards were presented across six categories to airlines that have contributed most significantly to the growth of the Singapore air hub in 2015, the statement said.
The passenger traffic between India and Singapore is set to grow, with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Silk Air’s (SIA’S subsidiary) recently increased frequencies to Cochin, Colombo, Hyderabad and Trivandrum and low-cost carrier Scoot’s entry to the Indian market from May 2016, the airport said.
The Scoot, which is the long-haul budget arm of SIA has already announced its flight services to India from next month.