SINGAPORE, 27 May 2022 – Come June 2022, the number of weekly services from Changi Airport to South Korea will increase by more than 60% with new airlines commencing operations. T’way Air, a South Korean low-cost carrier, will operate a twice weekly service to Seoul from 29 May. Air Premia, which commenced Passenger Aircraft Carrying Cargo (PACC) operations in Changi late last year, will operate a thrice weekly passenger service from 29 June, also to Seoul. Jeju Air will become the sole operator on the Singapore-Busan route, flying twice weekly from 25 June. A new city link to Jeju will be operated by Scoot, commencing 15 June.
Apart from the new services, from June, there will be additional services to Seoul by Asiana Airlines (5x to 7x weekly), Korean Air (7x to 10x weekly) and Singapore Airlines (7x to 11x weekly).
With these additions, seven airlines (Air Premia, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, Korean Air, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, T’way Air) will operate 42 weekly services to Busan, Jeju and Seoul. Connectivity to Korea has been strengthened compared to pre-Covid-19, when five airlines operated to two cities in Korea in 2019.
Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director of Air Hub Development said, “South Korea has always been among the top travel destinations for Singaporeans. With these new flight options, Singapore residents now have more choice to explore the different cities in Korea. At the same time, we can look forward to welcoming more South Korean tourists to Singapore. In terms of seat capacity, Changi Airport is the second most connected to South Korea among airports worldwide. We continue to work with our airline and travel partners to promote travel between the two countries.”
On the cargo front, South Korea was Changi’s seventh largest air trade partner in 2021. Air exports and imports between Singapore and South Korea registered about 60,000 tonnes, surpassing pre-Covid-19 levels by 5%. Inbound cargo (Korea-Singapore) consists of fresh produce such as the much-loved Korean strawberries, electronic parts and e-commerce goods. On the outbound (Singapore-Korea) sector, cargo carried consists of perfumes and cosmetics, food products, ship spares as well as electronic parts.
As at 1 May 2022, 83 airlines operate over 2,900 weekly scheduled flights at Changi Airport, connecting Singapore to some 124 cities in 46 countries and territories worldwide.