Subject to final approval by the Russian Federation's Aviation Authorities, Singapore International Airlines (SIA) will commence service from Moscow to Singapore by the middle of 2006.
The plans to provide a Moscow flight connection via SIA was announced by Senior Minister for Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, during his October visit to the Russian capital.
While final details remain to be worked out on routing and frequency for the new service, a Moscow-Singapore-Bali connection would represent an important strategic link for Bali with the lucrative Russian market and complement the introduction on August 1, 2005, of visa-on-arrival for Russian travelers.
In a related move, Thai International Airways also recently announced plans to commence a Moscow service from November 2005.
Russian travelers are expected to express strong demand for destinations in Southeast Asia, such as Bali, Phuket, Hanoi and Saigon, with peak travel seasons in December-January.
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