Singapore’s Changi Airport is making a call for airlines looking to open a non-stop route between the Southeast Asian city state and Vancouver, Canada.
Citing the demand for the route, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) deemed it a priority new route to start.
In an interview with Airline Network News & Analysis, Lim Ching Kiat, the Managing Director for Air Hub Development at CAG said of the Singapore-Vancouver market: “Vancouver is one of our top new link targets, given the strong Origin & Destination demand on the city pair, numbering in excess of 30,000 passengers per year.”
Lim also added the importance of trade between Canada, Singapore, and the rest of Southeast Asia as another reason for the viability of flights between the two countries.
“With strong trade between Canadian and Asian businesses, as well as the recent set up of trade offices in Singapore by the Province of British Columbia, this potential city pair will further drive trade, business and people flows.”
The distance between Singapore and Vancouver is around 12,813 kilometers (7,962 miles), which is within the reach of long range aircraft such as the Boeing 787, 777, or an Airbus A350.
Without any non-stop services, a quick Google search will yield options for travel between the two cities include trips that make stops in Seoul, Taipei, Manila, Hong Kong, or China. Most of the trips can have a combined travel time including connection times from 18 hours to 22.
In July, the Singapore-Vancouver route was named "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" in July by Anna Aero with 130,000 searches during a one year period from June 2017 to June 2018.
Depending on wind conditions, a non-stop flight between the two could take between 15 to 18 hours. Such a flight will be a long trip, though it will be a few hundred miles shorter than the current longest flights from Singapore which are the flights to San Francisco operated by Singapore Airlines and United (14,114 kilometers/8,700 miles).
While Changi Airport is considered among the world’s best airports, Vancouver happens to be North America’s fastest growing airport. In 2017, Vancouver’s international airport welcomed more than 24 million passengers. The airport estimates that it will reach 32 million passengers per year by the year 2022.