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     2004

Singapore welcomes 8 millionth visitor

Japanese visitor Tomika Kondo with husband

 

Amendments to the Immigration Act

"..in 2003, ICA repatriated more than 11,800 foreigners who had either entered Singapore illegally or violated the conditions set out in their immigration passes.

To enable swifter repatriation of these undesirable foreigners, clause 16 will empower the Controller to seize monies found in possession of any prohibited immigrant to cover any expenses incurred by the Government in connection with his or his dependents' detention, maintenance, medical treatment and removal from Singapore.

More.....

     - Armed police patrols in public places since 1 Nov 2004

 

Changi Airport tests World's first fully automated check-in & immigration system from 1 Nov 2004

Changi Airport is conducting a six-month trial of the world's first automated system that combines the check-in and immigration processes for departing travellers into one.

 

Changes in Singapore Aviation Landscape

Singapore now has two new Singapore carriers, Valuair and Tiger Airways, with another, Jetstar Asia, planning to start services by year end. With Tigerís commitment, CAAS has decided to build a dedicated terminal for such low cost carriers.

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     - New low-cost terminal for Changi Airport by 2006

     - Changi Airport - IT shopping haven for travellers

     - Enhanced safety requirements for motorised bicycles & riders

 

Budget airlines Jetstar Asia to start in December 2004

Singapore's third budget airline, Jetstar Asia will start in December 2004, seven months after Valuair took off and three months later than Tiger Airways. Qantas has a 49.9 per cent stake in the new S$100-million airline which will have four Airbus A320s by January 2005. 

Source: Straits Times 30 Sep 2004 (H2)

 

Tiger Airways starts maiden flight

Singapore Airlines-backed budget carrier Tiger Airways started its maiden flight to Bangkok yesterday. It sold S$1 tickets to Bangkok, Hat Yai and Phuket last month.

Source: Straits Times 16 Sep 2004 (H6)

 

SIA orders 31 Boeing 777-300ERs

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has placed a S$12.6 billion order for 31 Boeing 777-300ER planes, 18 of which will be delivered from 2006 to 2010. The average age of SIA's fleet of 29 Boeing 747s, 55 Boeing 777s and five Airbus 340-500s is five years.

Source: Straits Times 26 Aug 2004 (3)

 

Suspension of poultry imports from Malaysia

AVA has concurrently imposed a suspension on imports of poultry and poultry products from Malaysia with immediate effect (18 Aug 2004).

AVA would like to assure the public that poultry and poultry products in Singapore are safe for consumption.

 

 

Changi Airport's status is of higher national priority than our airlines: PM Goh Chok Tong

Source: www.gov.sg

For Singapore, we have adopted a liberal air transport policy since independence. It was fortuitous. We had no choice, given our small domestic base. This forced Singapore Airlines to go international and be competitive.

We have never protected Singapore Airlines. We will continue to welcome foreign carriers to fly here, in open competition with our national carriers. Last year, 68 airlines carried 25 million passengers through Changi. Singapore will continue to liberalise our Air Services Agreements so that all airlines can expand and grow according to market conditions.

Where our national carriers lose through lack of protection, Changi Airport gains. Singaporeís connectivity and hub status are of higher national priority than our airlines. Complete Text of speech

Source: Singapore Government Press Release 7 Jun 2004

   - Cessation of temperature checks at border checkpoints from 9 Jun 2004 

SMRT deploys guards at MRT stations & bus interchanges

SMRT started deploying unarmed security guards at its MRT stations and bus interchanges on 1 Jun 2004. The guards will be on the lookout for suspicious characters and unattended belongings.

Source: Straits Times 2 Jun 2004 (1)

   - Singapore Airlines to fly non-stop to New York from 28 Jun 2004

   - SARS situation in China; precautionary measures in Singapore

 

 

New budget airline Valuair signed a deal yesterday to lease its first two brand-new airbus aircraft. It also announced plans to fly to Jakarta, Bangkok and Hong Kong starting in May 2004. Valuair now has 18 pilots and 42 cabin staff. (Straits Times 26 Feb 2004) (1)

     2003

     - Govt mulls new low-cost airport terminal for Changi

     - New SARS case in Taiwan

     - Improving labour relations in Singapore Airlines (SIA)

     - Lifting of SARS measures

     - SARS Updates

     - Singapore Airlines (SIA) releases 206 trainees

     - Revenue improvement for United Airlines with new business fares

 

SITUATION UPDATE ON SARS PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN SINGAPORE

Background:

The Ministry of Health reported yesterday on a Taiwanese SARS patient who was in Singapore from 7 Dec 2003 to 10 Dec 2003. The patient was afebrile throughout his three days here. He departed Singapore early in the morning of 10 December 2003, and developed fever only in the evening on the same day following his return to Taiwan.

Contact tracing completed

The Ministry of Health has completed its contact tracing. A total of 276 people have been identified to have come into contact with the Taiwanese SARS patient while he was in Singapore from 7th to 10th December. This includes 76 additional contacts who were on flight CI-662 from Singapore to Taiwan on 10 Dec 03 and who had returned to Singapore. They had not been seated close to the Taiwanese patient. They are currently being contacted to ensure that they are well.

The Ministry has contacted the Singaporean man who was on Flight CI-662 and seated in the same area as the Taiwanese SARS patient. The Singaporean man had returned to Singapore but had left the country again. He reported that he is well. MOH has advised him to monitor himself for fever and symptoms and to seek medical attention should he be unwell. MOH has also notified the authorities in that country.

The Ministry has identified another 5 persons to be placed on HQO till 19 Dec. This brings the total number of persons on Home Quarantine Order (HQO) to 75. The rest are on telephone surveillance and are advised to monitor their own temperature and to seek medical attention when they are unwell.

Only 5 contacts are unwell so far. This includes one person who had been placed under home quarantine order. They have been assessed by the Infectious Disease physicians at the Communicable Disease Centre. Although all of them have been diagnosed as non-SARS, as a precautionary measure, they have been admitted to the Communicable Disease Centre.

With the stringent public health measures that are in place, the Ministry would like to assure the public that there is no cause for alarm. The Ministry is monitoring the situation closely and has taken the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of SARS.

The Ministry of Health

18 December 2003

Handpicked police officers have been deployed as air marshals on 'high-risk' Singapore Airlines (SIA) flights since mid-August 2003. Parliament passed a law on 14 Aug 2003 to allow the deployment of marshals on SIA and SilkAir flights. (Straits Times 1 Oct 2003 4)

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has settled a negligence suit brought by SQ006 plane-crash victim Dr Harald Linke, 67, in the United States. The amount awarded remains confidential under the terms of the settlement. (Straits Times 20 Sep 2003 3) 

  Singapore Airlines's (SIA) management will take pay cuts of 22.5 to 27.5 per cent as the carrier copes with the worst crisis in its history and faces its first quarterly loss in the wake of the Sars outbreak. The wage cuts for 240 of the airline's 14,600 staff are expected to save SIA S$12 million a year. (Straits Times 23 May 2003) (H10) 

  Singapore Airlines' in-flight magazine, Silver Kris, will be produced by Times Periodicals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), from next month. The magazine had previously been put together by BluInc Media, the former MPH Magazines, since the magazine's inception. (Straits Times 10 Apr 2003)(H6)

  Fifty medics from the Singapore Armed Forces are helping polyclinic nurses to screen passengers who fly into Changi Airport from Sars-affected countries. (Straits Times 10 Apr 2003)(9)

  Changi Airport has been voted the best Asian airport for the 17th consecutive year by readers of industry journal Cargonews Asia. The airport handled 1.64 tonnes of cargo in 2002, an increase of 8.7 per cent over 2001. (Straits Times 20 Mar 2003)(A20)

 

Excerpt of Advisory from Singapore Tourism Board on 10 April 2003

Precautionary measures make Singapore a safer destination for all

To minimise the import of SARS cases, relevant authorities in Singapore have instituted extra precautionary measures at the Singapore Changi Airport and Singapore Cruise Centre. As of today, the following measures are in place:

(Singapore Changi Airport)

  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore which manages airport operations have issued a directive to all airlines operating at Singapore Changi Airport requiring them to ask passengers the three questions recommended by the WHO before passengers are allowed to board the flight to Singapore. As a first line of defence, any visibly unwell passengers from affected areas will be asked to obtain a doctorís certification before they are allowed to board the flight to Singapore.

     

  • All passengers arriving to Singapore will have to complete health declaration cards. Currently passengers arriving from all provinces in China, HK SAR, Macau SAR, Taiwan and Hanoi will be met by nurses who will attend to those who appear unwell.

     

  • Singaporeís airport authorities have also instituted additional precautionary measures for outgoing passengers. In addition to the health advisory cards, which are distributed to passengers bound for the affected areas, airlines will also ask all departing passengers the three questions recommended by the WHO. The key strategy is to identify suspect cases once they show symptoms of the disease and isolate them to prevent transmission to more people.

(Singapore Cruise Centre)

  • All arriving passengers will have to complete health declaration cards. Passengers arriving from SARS-affected areas will also be met by nurses who will attend to those who appear unwell.

     

  • All ships calling at Singapore must also declare the health of its crew and passengers arrival.

We recognise that above measures might cause inconvenience to our visitors. We seek your kind understanding that these firm precautionary measures are essential to minimise the import of SARS cases into Singapore, and make Singapore a safer destination for residents and visitors alike.

 SARS Updates

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