Singapore Changi International Airport
It has been nearly two weeks since Hainan Airlines took off from Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Experts said the response has been encouraging, with strong demand from both Singapore and China.

At an event to celebrate Hainan Airline’s commencement of service out of Singapore, Changi Airport Group said it plans to expand its links to more secondary cities in China.

Currently, Hainan Airlines connects Singapore to cities like Hefei and Dalian.

Hefei is Changi Airport’s fourth new city link to China this year. The other three city links are Jinan, Shantou and Qingdao.

And it plans to add one or two new links to the Mainland in the next six to 12 months.

Lim Ching Kiat, who is director of market development at Changi Airport Group, said: "We are focusing on the key secondary cities like Chang Sha, Wu Han and Zheng Zhou, because currently we are not connected to these cities."

And with the top six Chinese airlines already flying out of Singapore, Changi Airport said the focus now is not so much on bringing in more Chinese carriers.

Mr Lim said: "We are focusing on working closer with the current airlines as well as the Singapore-based carriers to develop more destinations within China, not so much in terms of the airlines but more in terms of better connections to China."



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