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$100m fillip for Changi Airport

The New Paper | Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

SINGAPORE - Changi Airport is rolling out a $100 million assistance package aimed at lowering costs for airlines, boosting passenger traffic and improving operational efficiency.

This comes amid intensifying competition in the region and as the airport seeks to maintain its edge over rivals.

From July 1 this year to June 30 next year, all airlines operating at Changi Airport will enjoy an across-the-board reduction in operating costs, including rebates of 50 per cent on aircraft parking fees and 15 per cent on aerobridge fees, said airport manager Changi Airport Group (CAG) in a statement yesterday.

Under the Growth and Assistance Incentive (GAIN) programme, airlines will be rewarded for growing transfer traffic at Changi Airport. CAG is also keen to work with airlines to raise the efficiency of the terminal operations and it will provide funding support where appropriate.

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To increase traffic demand, CAG will invest in destination marketing campaigns to promote Singapore in key source markets such as Australia, China, India, Indonesia and Russia.

The group will work with Singapore Tourism Board and travel partners in these markets to increase the awareness of Singapore and spur travel demand from these countries.

Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CAG's chief executive officer, said: "CAG values the deep partnerships we have with our airline partners... While we cannot iron out the volatilities of the industry cycle, we believe that GAIN will provide helpful temporary cost relief as airlines implement the necessary measures needed to adjust to the evolving market environment."

"We believe the progamme provides encouraging opportunities for our partners to collaborate with us to explore new ideas and initiatives - whether to stimulate travel demand or to boost productivity."

This will "collectively position us strongly for the next wave of growth", he said.


This article was first published on June 13, 2014.
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