Singapore Transport Minister, Raymond Lim, stated talks between ASEAN and China over an air services agreement are expected to be concluded before the end of the year, after six years of negotiations (Financial Times, 01-Feb-2010)
ASEAN and China air services talks to be concluded this year,
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Scoot launched Shenyang as a one-stop service via Qingdao in 2013; it is now upgrading the route to nonstop. Shenyang will give Singapore Changi 25 nonstop destinations in China – more than any other airport in Southeast Asia. Fuzhou is already served from Singapore, while Dalian will initially be served as a one-stop product via Qingdao.
Maintaining a leading network in China is an important component of the current SIA Group strategy. It is also essential, since SIA is unable to codeshare on domestic services within China due to regulatory restrictions.
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SIA now has more Chinese destinations than the rival group Cathay Pacific, and more than any foreign airline group outside North Asia. Five years ago the SIA Group had only nine Chinese destinations.
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