September 24, 2014: Singapore Changi Airport today celebrated the arrival of MIAT Mongolian Airlines, directly connecting Singapore to Mongolia for the first time. The Mongolian national carrier will operate a twice-weekly service between Ulaanbaatar and Singapore, via Beijing. The route will utilise a 174-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a two-class configuration.
MIAT Mongolian Airlines is the fourth new carrier for Changi Airport this year, following Uzbekistan Airways and Spring Airways that launched flights in April and VietJet in May, while Ulaanbaatar becomes the third new city link this year, following Tashkent and Lanzhou.
With over 50 city links and close to 2,000 weekly services to Southeast Asia and Southwest Pacific, Singapore is well-positioned to be Mongolia's conduit to the region, through MIAT Mongolian Airlines' partnership with other carriers operating at Changi Airport. From the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, MIAT Mongolian Airlines provides travellers direct access to Germany and Russia (picture: Chendeep).
Over the past decade, Mongolia has seen rapid industrial and economic transformation. Since 2011, the country's GDP growth has been outperforming those of developing East Asian and Pacific markets. In 2013, Mongolia recorded a strong GDP growth of 11.7%.
Singapore and Mongolia enjoy close bilateral ties. Over the years, there have been regular engagements through official visits and meetings between the two countries. More recently, the President of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elebegdorj, conducted a state visit to Singapore and graced the inaugural Mongolia-Singapore Business Forum in November 2013. Bilateral trade between Singapore and Mongolia amounted to more than S$85 million in 20124 and the new Mongolia-Singapore air bridge will deepen existing bilateral economic ties and enhance people flow between the two countries.
Changi Airport Group's Executive Vice President for Air Hub & Development, Mr Yam Kum Weng, said, "We are proud to welcome Mongolia's national carrier to the family of airlines at Changi Airport. Mongolia has enjoyed strong economic growth and as the country opens up its economy and resource sectors, there will be more business and investment opportunities not only between our two countries, but also between Mongolia and Asia-Pacific. The direct Ulaanbaatar-Singapore service by MIAT Mongolian Airlines is thus timely to support growing demand for business and leisure travel."