SINGAPORE Changi Airport and the Okinawan prefectural government are keen to start direct flights between both destinations, a link that will promote Singapore as a hub to Okinawa.
Both sides signed an MoU at the international terminal of Okinawa’s Naha Airport yesterday, pledging to work closely to promote tourism and trade ties between the Japanese prefecture and Singapore, as well as South-east Asia, India and Australia.
The MoU will see Changi Airport and Okinawa establish new direct routes from Singapore to boost arrivals, beginning with charter flights launched in collaboration with airlines and travel agency partners.
Wong Woon Liong, senior advisor to Singapore Changi Airport, said: “This MoU is aimed at enhancing direct air connectivity between the two cities. Changi Airport is keen to establish a direct link to Okinawa. The prefecture shares the common interest to promote tourism, trade and transport people from one destination to another.”
“With this non-stop flight inauguration, it will decrease flight time to Okinawa, and provide greater comfort and convenience to business and leisure travellers. To start with, we will work together with key travel agencies to launch charter flights between Singapore and Okinawa. This will create and further develop the Singapore-Okinawa market for the first scheduled direct flights. We are also planning to conduct marketing promotion activities together,” he added.