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Singapore Changi introduces landing fee rebates.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) has given more details of long-haul landing fee rebates and incentives for airlines to grow transfer traffic.

It follows the announcement in June of a Growth and Assistance Incentive (GAIN) programme aimed at strengthening the Singapore air hub and will amount to S$50 million over the next 19 months for airlines operating at Changi.

Mr Lim Ching Kiat, CAG's Senior Vice President for Market Development, said: "The underlying fundamentals of the Asia Pacific aviation market remain strong and attractive. We are, however, aware that airlines could be facing yield and cost pressures in the present environment. As an active and committed partner, CAG is rolling out these additional short-term measures to help airlines during this period.

"The new incentives are targeted at long-haul flights and transfer traffic, two important segments of our air traffic. Long-haul services are a key part of Changi Airport's global connectivity. CAG recognises that airlines commit significant investment into their long-haul flights; hence CAG will be offering landing rebates on these flights to help share airlines' costs.

"Transfer traffic is another important component of our air traffic which helps bolster Changi Airport's position as a premier air hub in Asia. Therefore, we will be rolling out incentives to reward our airline partners for growing transfer traffic. This is on top of the extension of our popular Changi Transit Programme which offers attractive vouchers to passengers using Changi as their transfer point."

CAG is offering airlines a 50% rebate on landing fees for all nonstop, long-haul passenger flights [with a flight duration of nine hours or more] from September 1,2014 to March 31,2016.

CAG was launching a Gateway Incentive as this edition went to press to motivate airlines to grow their transit and transfer traffic. All airlines operating at Changi Airport will receive a S$10 (US$7.90) incentive for every incremental departing transit/transfer passenger handled. The 18-month scheme is effective from October 1,2014 and will also include passengers carried by foreign airlines interlining at Changi. The Gateway Incentive is designed to encourage airlines to adjust pricing and network revenue management models to meet growth targets and benefit from the scheme.

As previously announced, under the GAIN programme, CAG is also offering all airlines operating at Changi Airport across-the-board rebates of 50% on aircraft parking fees and 15% on aerobridge fees between July 1, 2014 and June 30,2015.

CAG said it was also extending the Changi Transit Programme until March 31,2015 to promote the airport as a transfer hub. Passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir flights can continue to redeem up to S$40 in Changi Dollar Vouchers for use during their time at the airport. More than one million passengers have benefited from the scheme since it was launched in October 2012. Travellers from the key transfer markets-Australia, China, India and Indonesia-topped the list of voucher recipients.

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Date:Oct 1, 2014
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