Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lao Airlines connects S'pore to all ASEAN cities - TIME TO TRY

SINGAPORE: Singapore is now connected to all nine ASEAN city states with the arrival of Lao Airlines from Vientiane, the 11th new city link for Changi this year.

Lao Airlines will have thrice-weekly services between Singapore and Vientiane.

And its direct service comes on the back of strong bilateral ties between the two countries.

Singapore is among Laos' top 10 foreign investors, with investments in sectors ranging from manufacturing to hospitality.

In the first nine months of this year, bilateral trade saw a substantial growth of 40 per cent year-on-year to reach about US$29 million.

Singapore and Laos have also been regular cooperation and exchange partners since Laos joined ASEAN in 1997, across areas such as education, healthcare and tourism.

In a statement, Changi Airport said the number of passengers travelling between the two countries has grown steadily over the last five years.

During this period, Singapore visitor arrivals into Laos grew about 8 per cent annually to about 6,100 in 2010, while the number of visitors from Laos increased by some 25 per cent every year to about 5,200 last year.

- CNA/ck

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