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Singapore-U.K. growth amid recession. (airline industry)

LONDON-Like British Airways and Qantas, its two competitors on the London-Singapore route, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is experiencing a surge of bookings as the aviation industry finalizes plans to beat a path to Asian Aerospace 92, in Singapore at the end of this month.

Not that business has been bad from Changi to Heathrow and Manchester, SIA's stations in the U.K., during the recession, according to T.K. Mun, the airline's general manager-U.K./Ireland.

In the context of Europe, the U.K. is SIA's most important area, with 12 flights a week out of Heathrow and three out of Manchester. Frankfurt has six flights a week.

Mun told ATW that over the past five years, growth between the U.K. and Singapore was in the order of 10-15% a year, and even in this time of economic downturn, the market shows growth. …

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