Authorities have announced 14 new flights between Changi Airport (left) in Singapore and Naha Airport in Okinawa. Silkair will operate 12 services, while Jetstar will run the other two flights.
Wong Woon Liong, Changi Airport Group senior advisor, said: “With the elimination of a stopover, the total air journey between Singapore and Okinawa will be almost halved from ten hours to slightly over five hours.”
The agreement follows a tourism and trade partnership signed in March this year between Changi Airport Group and Okinawa Prefecture, enhanced by the commencement of six weekly services by ANA Cargo that started in May 2014.
As a result of the cargo flights, trade for Japanese seafood and produce has increased, taking advantage of Changi Airport’s cool-chain handling capacity of more than 300,000 tonnes per year.