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Growing tourism ties between Singapore and Russia

Vladivostok Air connects Singapore to the Russian Far East

Oct 21, 2011

SINGAPORE – Singapore Changi Airport today welcomes the arrival of Russian carrier Vladivostok Air. One of Russia’s most established airlines, Vladivostok Air will operate twice-weekly services between Singapore and Vladivostok via Hong Kong. Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East, is the 9th new city link for Changi this year.

With growing trade and tourism ties between Singapore and Russia, the addition of Vladivostok Air to Changi’s network of airlines comes at an opportune time. Since the launch of the Russia-Singapore Business Forum (RSBF) in 2006, bilateral trade between the 2 countries has more than doubled to reach S$5.2 billion in 2010.

With several Singapore-based companies already establishing inroads to the Russian Far East, Changi’s new connection to Vladivostok will stimulate further business links between Singapore and Vladivostok, as well as the greater Primorsky Krai region – the largest economy in the Russian Far East.

Passenger traffic between Singapore and Russia reached an all-time-high of 65,000 in 2010, representing a 31% growth year-on-year. Singapore also welcomed 55,000 Russian visitors in 2010, an increase of 9% compared to 2009. During the first 8 months of this year, air traffic movements and visitor arrivals from Russia increased by a further 34% and 5%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Vladivostok Air will operate the A320 aircraft in a 2-class configuration on this route. The service will depart Vladivostok International Airport on Tuesday and Friday mornings and arrive in Changi Airport at 1820 hours on the same day. The return flight will depart Changi at 2010 hours and arrive in Vladivostok the following morning. The flight schedule is as follows:

Flight No. XF763: Vladivostok–Hong Kong–Singapore
Tuesdays & Fridays, via A320 aircraft
departs Vladivostok 1045 local time, arrives Hong Kong 1220 local time
departs Hong Kong 1440 local time, arrives Singapore 1820 local time

Flight No. XF764: Singapore–Hong Kong–Vladivostok
Tuesdays & Fridays, via A320 aircraft
departs Singapore 2010 local time, arrives Hong Kong 0000 +1 local time
departs Hong Kong 0130 + 1 local time, arrives Vladivostok 0920 +1 local time

Vladivostok Air’s new service introduces a new holiday destination for Singapore residents. For Russian Far East travelers, a potential market of 6.5 million, Singapore is not only a destination for tourism, medical, and education activities, but an excellent transit point to destinations in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific.

Mr. Yam Kum Weng, Changi Airport Group’s Executive Vice President for Air Hub Development, said: “With the introduction of world-class tourism offerings in Singapore, we are seeing more Russian visitors twinning Singapore with another Southeast Asian destination to create fun-filled ‘city-plus-beach’ holiday experiences. With its extensive network and flight options to Southeast Asia, Changi Airport is a convenient gateway for Russian travelers to reach many renowned resort destinations such as Bintan, Bali, and Phuket.

“Vladivostok Air’s entry into the Singapore market is, therefore, timely to serve the growing demand of Russian travelers wanting to explore Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia. We look forward to working closely with the airline to sustain and grow this important link between Russia and Singapore.”

Vladivostok Air connects Singapore to the Russian Far East
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