Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From Singapore to Visakhapatnam direct flights by SilkAir

Visakhapatnam, popularly known as Vizag, may be the second-largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh (after Hyderabad) and the third-largest city on the east coast (after Chennai and Kolkata) but there was no direct international air connection to and from the city. This has changed this week as SilkAir, a Singapore based full-service airline wholly owned by Singapore Airlines (SIA) has started the first direct international flights to the city, flying direct from Singapore to Visakhapatnam. The flight will connect Vizag to more than 90 international cities in the joint Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network via Singapore Changi Airport.

The first flight has departed from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 a few days ago for Visakhapatnam Airport. SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, plans to have three flights a week to Singapore from Visakhapatnam at the moment and the flights will be served by Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft, featuring both Business and Economy class cabins. Visakhapatnam is SilkAir’s eighth destination in India after Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram. In total SilkAir flies to 42 destinations across 12 countries.
SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr. Leslie Thng, anticipates strong demand for the new service and expects the launch of direct flights will provide a further boost to the growth and development of business and tourism in both countries. “This represents a significant milestone as SilkAir is the first carrier to offer international flights to and from Visakhapatnam. We are extremely delighted to add Visakhapatnam to our network and are confident that this direct service will further strengthen the strong economic ties between Singapore and India.” 
Mr. Thng added: “This new route will also give business travelers access to one of the fastest growing commercial cities in India while introducing a great sightseeing destination for the leisure-oriented tourists.”[3]
[1] - SilkAir Launches Vizag Flights
[2] - SilkAir launches direct flight from Singapore to Vizag
[3] - SilkAir to Serve Visakhapatnam

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