Jetstar starts daily flights from Singapore to Beijing
Jetstar is fixing its sights on the mainland.
This week, it launched a new daily route from Singapore to Beijing. This new budget offering puts Jetstar head-to-head with AirAsia which is also expected to start flying to Beijing, according to a report by Channel News Asia.
Jetstar will also add Guangzhou to its list of destinations before the end of the year.
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Jetstar currently flies to Ningbo, Hangzhou (Shanghai), Guilin, Haikou and Shantou, as well as Taipei and Hong Kong. All routes are served from Singapore.
"I would say our focus to grow in China will be our main drive for growth," said Chong Phit Lian, CEO of Jetstar Asia Airways. "We have set an internal target among ourselves -- that China 1212 means 12 destinations in Greater China in 2012."
China is Singapore's second largest source of visitor arrivals.
According to the Singapore Tourism Board, China was responsible for 758,000 visitors and S$969 million worth of tourism receipts between January to June 2011.
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Jetstar's one-way economy fares will start from S$248 (US$189), while business class fares will be from S$598 (US$456) with the following route details:
Singapore – Beijing: JQ7 18:35 – 00:50 (+1)
Beijing – Singapore: JQ8 02:50 – 09:30