Okinawa, Changi Airport sign cooperation agreement

Okinawa, Changi Airport sign cooperation agreement

Changi Airport Group Senior Advisor Wong Woon Liong (second from right) and Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima (third from right), who signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the aviation network, on March 25 at Naha Airport International Passenger Terminal.


March 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Changi Airport Group in Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the aviation network on March 25. It is the first time that Okinawa has entered into a partnership agreement with an airport overseas. At the signing ceremony held in Naha Airport International Passenger Terminal, Changi Airport Group Senior Advisor Wong Woon Liong and Governor Hirokazu Nakaima attended.

The Changi Airport Group is aiming to encourage major airlines and travel agencies in Singapore to introduce direct flights between Naha and Changi to attract tourists from Southeast Asia to Okinawa. They also will promote logistics services. Okinawa Governor Nakaima said, “We expect that the traffic of people and distribution of goods between Asian countries and Okinawa will become closer.”

It currently takes about 10 hours to fly between Okinawa and Singapore because there is no direct service. With this non-stop flight inauguration the flight time to Okinawa will be about five hours, said the senior advisor of the Changi Airport Group. “To start with, we will work 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.”

Currently, Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines connecting Singapore directly to 260 cities around the world. The airport group ties up with Narita Airport.

(English translation by T&CT)

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