Lim Ching Kiat, executive vice president of air hubs and cargo development at CAG, said Changi Airport Group will work with airlines to add more capacity on high-demand routes by increasing frequencies or having carriers use larger planes, The Straits reported. Times. .
“We are looking at new destinations like Jaipur and Lucknow. We think there is demand there,” Lim told the Straits Times in an interview.
Lim described India as another bright spot, as passenger traffic and connectivity have already surpassed pre-pandemic levels.
Lim said CAG will work with airlines to add more capacity on high-demand routes by increasing frequencies or having airlines use larger planes.
For example, South Korea continues to attract healthy demand for inbound and outbound travel.
For China, which is still in the recovery phase, Lim said CAG is looking to add more direct links, especially with provincial capitals such as Guiyang in Guizhou province and Harbin in Heilongjiang province.
The ASEAN, Indian and South Korean markets have punched above their weight, says Subhas Menon, director general of the Asia-Pacific Airlines Association, which counts SIA and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific among its 15 members.
Menon is hopeful that they will cover 25 to 50 percent of the margin China leaves for the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Singapore Daily report.
Indira Gandhi International Airport has recovered by 99 per cent as it served 18.5 million passengers in 2023, compared to 18.7 million passengers who passed through Delhi airport in 2019, a pre-pandemic level.
Singapore Changi Airport has recovered by 86 per cent, serving 58.9 million passengers in 2023, compared to 68.3 million served in 2019, according to a chart published by The Straits Times based on information obtained and accredited by Sobie Aviation, a Singapore-based independent analysis and consulting firm specializing in the aviation, airport and aerospace sector.
Comparatively, traffic recovery at other major Asian airports ranged from a low of 55 percent for Hong Kong International Airport to 92 percent for Haneda Airport in Japan, according to the table.