Jetstar Asia has taken to the skies with its inaugural flight, 3K833, from Singapore to Wuxi, making history by establishing its second direct route to mainland China.
Jetstar Asia’s Airbus A320s are now charting a course to Wuxi’s Sunan Shuofang International Airport, solidifying the airline’s unique position as the sole carrier connecting Singapore to this culturally rich city in China’s southern Jiangsu province.
Flight Operations and Schedule
The service begins with two weekly return flights, catering to the initial demand. However, recognizing the increasing interest, Jetstar Asia plans to ramp up its services to four-times weekly flights starting January 15, 2024.
This adjustment aims to meet the growing demand for convenient travel options between Wuxi and Singapore.
With over 70,000 low-fare seats offered annually, Jetstar Asia is committed to providing affordable connectivity for its passengers.
Jetstar Asia CEO Comments
Jetstar Asia’s CEO, Barathan Pasupathi, expressed his enthusiasm for this strategic move. He highlighted the significance of China as a critical market and emphasized the importance of Wuxi as Jetstar’s second Chinese port.
Mr. Barathan sees this expansion as a fitting conclusion to a year marked by fleet growth, network expansion, and an increasing Jetstar family.
Meeting Market Demand
Since the route’s announcement in October, there has been substantial interest and demand. The timing is opportune as borders are open, and COVID-related travel restrictions have eased.
Mr. Barathan underlined that Jetstar Asia’s low fares would not only provide seamless connectivity between Wuxi and Singapore but also bridge access to the Yangtze River Delta region, enriching travel experiences for business, tourism, and personal reunions.
Changi Airport Comments
Mr. Lim Ching Kiat, Executive Vice President of Air Hub & Cargo Development at Changi Airport Group, shared insights into the broader impact of this new route.
He highlighted that the launch of Jetstar Asia’s flight would reconnect Changi with Wuxi and extend China connectivity to 26 cities, offering travelers more options between China and Singapore.
With flight movements between Singapore and China recovering to over 70% of pre-COVID levels, Mr. Lim expressed optimism.
The recent announcement of a 30-day mutual visa-exemption agreement between Singapore and China further fuels expectations of increased leisure and business travel in the coming year.
Wuxi Airport Perspective
Mr. Liu Zhenyu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport Group, conveyed the symbolic significance of Jetstar Asia’s new route.
He sees it as a bridge of friendship, connecting people to places, and embarking on a new journey that strengthens ties between Wuxi and the world.
Gateway to Southern Jiangsu Province
Wuxi, situated just over 100 kilometers from Shanghai and nestled on the banks of Taihu, one of China’s largest freshwater lakes, offers a unique blend of historical, cultural, and commercial significance.
This city is now easily accessible to travelers from Singapore, thanks to Jetstar Asia’s new route.
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