28 NOVEMBER 2011
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With the arrival of Lao Airlines from Vientiane (capital of Laos), Singapore Changi Airport is now connected via direct flights to all nine of Singapore's ASEAN neighbours. Vientiane is the 11th new city link for Changi this year.
Lao Airlines direct service comes on the back of strong bilateral ties between the two countries. Singapore is among Laos' top 10 foreign investors, with involvement in sectors ranging from manufacturing to hospitality. In the first nine months of this year, bilateral trade saw a substantial growth of 40% year-on-year to reach about US$29m. Singapore and Laos have also been regular co-operation and exchange partners since Laos joined ASEAN in 1997, across areas such as education, healthcare and tourism.
In terms of air traffic, the number of passengers travelling between the two countries has grown steadily over the last five years.
The new direct city link to Vientiane is expected to further stimulate both business and leisure travel between the two countries. Laos is positioning itself as an attractive place for investment, as well as a scenic destination with a rich heritage which world travellers will enjoy. www.changiairportgroup.com
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