Connect@Changi is the world’s first Business Travel Exchange

Connect@Changi is a national resilience project to make sure that Singapore continues to keep business going and to rise again. As we move to Phase 3, steps will also be taken, to allow limited, safe, face-to-face international business meetings, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said. Zoom cannot replace some face-to-face business meetings such as signing […]

From one aviation hub to another: welcome Hong Kong!

Hong Kong

Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung was happy to announce the launch of a reciprocal Air Travel Bubble with Hong Kong. The first flights will depart on 22 November with 200 ‘bubble travellers’ both ways. This Air Travel Bubble is the first of its kinds for a number of reasons. Between 2 Aviation Hubs It is […]

Ong Ye Kung on steps to climb out of deep abyss in landmark speech in Parliament

Ong Ye Kung Air Hub

As the COVID-19 virus spread around the world earlier this year, many countries closed their borders to stave off a viral invasion from an as-yet-unknown and dangerous virus. Singapore did the same on 24 March 2020. COVID-19 has decimated air travel and set us back by more than 40 years. It has also affected many […]

Unilateral opening of borders signals to world that Singapore is open for business, says Ong Ye Kung

Ong Ye Kung - aviation

It is a small, cautious step to start to reopen aviation and resuscitate Changi Airport, as well as (Singapore Airlines). The aviation sector, Changi Airport and SIA (Singapore Airlines) do not concern just the aviation sector. It is linked to the whole economy.

“We need to start to take steps to open up in a safe manner that can revive Changi Airport, resuscitate the aviation sector,” Mr Ong said.

Reviving our Air Hub; COVID-19 set us back by at least 40 years

Reviving our Air Hub - Changi Airport

The airport, together with the seaport, are our lifelines, the two lungs of Singapore. COVID-19 has incapacitated one of our lungs, the airport. We used to register around 1000 flights a day but now it is reduced to just about 150 a day. Compared to the pre-COVID-19 volume of 20 million a year, today Changi […]

$2 billion every year to subsidise the running of the public transport system

Public Transport Singapore

Public transport is heavily subsidised. MRT lines are expensive to build. They also cost a lot to operate, to maintain and to renew ageing assets. The Government does not recover the infrastructure costs through fares, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said in his National Day Message to MOT. “Fare revenue is insufficient to cover these […]

Tough love needed to maintain upward trajectory

tough love national day 2020

Speaking off the cuff, Mr Lee Kuan Yew said in his National Day Message in 1971, “I am not here tonight to preach blood, sweat and tears or talk about the apocalypse. You have done well, six superb years, a magnificent performance against all the odds, so much so that everybody says, ‘But, of course, […]