announced further expansion in to China with a new Singapore Shantou Guangdong
China Service. This new three times a week service will start operations from 2
February 2010, and will be only the second Jetstar service to fly into mainland
China after the Singapore Haikou service starts operations from 16 December
The full media
release from Jetstar can be found below:
Low fares leader
Jetstar will launch first time services direct from Singapore to Shantou* – situated in the
Guangdong Province – commencing from 2 February 2010*.
initially operate the new route as a three times weekly A320 return service between
Shantou Waisha Airport* and Singapore Changi Airport with plans to grow the
will be the first foreign carrier to operate international flights into Shantou
services, representing the 2nd mainland Chinese market to be served
by Jetstar, will provide an unprecedented direct flight link for Teochew
descendents now based or living in Singapore and the Guangdong Province as well
as leisure and business travelers.
Shantou, a city
of 5 million residents, is one of five special economic zones in China, and its
commercial activities include it being the communication hub of southeast
celebrate the launch of Singapore-Shantou* services, Jetstar is offering
special all-inclusive one-way JetSaver Light fares at Jetstar.com from
The sale will commence midnight 13
December 2009 (00.00 14 December 2009) until midnight 14 December 2009 (23.59
14 December 2009) unless seats sell out prior. Fares not available on all flights, all days
and are subject to availability.
Sale fares valid for travel
between 24 February-10 March 2010* and 29 July-25 August 2010*. Conditions
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Valuair Chief Executive Officer Ms Chong Phit Lian said the addition of Shantou*
to the airline’s Singapore hub would provide first time direct flight access
between Guangdong Province and Singapore.
“Shantou* is an exciting and strategic addition to our
expanding network which will now grow to 20 international markets directly
connected to Singapore,” Ms Chong said.
“This is a ground breaking new flight route that will allow
us to offer both direct access and low fares to Shantou* and better connect
Singapore’s Teochew community which today represents over 600,000 people.
“Jetstar plans to increase our existing capacity from
our Singapore hub by 46 percent through the arrival of three additional A320
aircraft and these are directly supporting such expansion into new markets
including to mainland China.”
become Jetstar’s second mainland China service from Singapore with the
impending commencement of 4 times weekly Singapore-Haikou flights within
Hainan Province from 16 December 2009.
Ms Chong said
Jetstar’s future Singapore-Shantou* service of just three and half hours
flight time would more than halve the current travel time for flyers and eliminate
any time consuming stopover.
“China will remain a major focus for future growth
considerations by Jetstar and has immense potential for our low fares offering
and broader Jetstar Group network connections,” Ms Chong said.
the Teochew Association of Singapore, Mr Goh Nan Xiang, welcomed the services
and said the Teochew community in Singapore would be real beneficiaries of these
new direct flights.
“Direct flights to Shantou will not only encourage
more travel to the city but enable Singaporeans with greater ease of access to Jieyang,
Chaoyang and Chao’an in the greater Guangdong Province,” Mr Nan
“Shantou* is a
growing and thriving Chinese harbour city and has strong and growing links with
the Teochew community in Singapore.
“The destinations of Batam, Bintan and Johor will also
deliver a positive response to these newly proposed direct low fare flights.”
Jetstar also operates
daily services from Singapore to Hong Kong, Taipei and Macau with all its services
conducted from Terminal One at Changi International Airport.
schedule (Departure times shown)
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 1
Feb – 11 March 2010
Wednesday, Saturday 13 March 2010 onwards
(Additional service on Monday 15 Feb 2010 only)
2 February – 11
3K 823 0600–1000 3K
subject to regulatory approval #