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Alii Palau Airlines, Drukair Launch Flights from Singapore to Palau

Alii Palau Airlines announces inaugural flight from Singapore to Palau operated by Drukair. 

Alii Palau Airlines and Changi Airport Group have announced an exciting new air route connecting Singapore to Koror, Palau. Royal Bhutan Airlines (Drukair), the national carrier of the Royal Government of Bhutan, will operate the route. Starting on November 23, 2023, travelers will have the opportunity to journey between three incredible destinations: Bhutan, Singapore, and Palau. This partnership highlights the strong cooperation between these nations.

An open skies agreement signed in October 2022 between Singapore and Palau makes this route possible. With this new direct service, it will take just five hours to travel from Singapore to Palau. This will allow visitors to quickly immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of Palau, also known as “Nature’s Paradise.” Passengers can easily access two of the world’s most pristine destinations by flying from Bhutan through Singapore Changi Airport.

Palau, in the western Pacific Ocean, features unspoiled natural wonders. Its crystal-clear waters, thriving coral reefs, and lush forests offer various outdoor activities, including snorkeling, diving, hiking, and observing wildlife. The Rock Islands Southern Lagoon is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It showcases some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on our planet.

Partners Comment on New Route

Alii Palau Airlines Managing Partner, Ms Akanksha Johri, said, “Alii Palau Airlines is delighted to introduce a new era of convenience with our direct flight, effectively opening the gateway to paradise. Palau is now just a five-hour flight from Singapore, and we firmly believe this new route will be a game-changer for those previously deterred by long flight durations. With our non-stop route from Singapore to Palau, this pristine paradise becomes effortlessly accessible from any corner of the world, facilitated by the unparalleled connectivity of Singapore Changi Airport.” 

Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Executive Vice President of Air Hub and Cargo Development at Changi Airport Group, said, “Changi Airport is happy to welcome a new city link to Palau, which enhances Changi’s network with the Southwest Pacific region. With the launch of this non-stop flight, Singapore travelers can now enjoy a seamless travel experience to Palau and visit this island paradise in just five hours. Travelers from Palau can also use the new flight to visit Singapore and other countries, leveraging Changi Airport’s connectivity to Southeast Asia and beyond. Changi Airport is happy to partner with Drukair for this new flight to Palau – we have forged a strong partnership over the years. We look forward to welcoming passengers on the Singapore-Palau route with Alii Palau.” 

Mr Tandi Wangchuk, Chief Executive Officer of Drukair, remarked, “As we mark the commencement of operating Singapore-Palau flights on behalf of Alii Palau Airlines, we’re forging a path of unparalleled connectivity. This partnership symbolizes our commitment to opening the world to travelers, making the extraordinary journey from the heart of the Himalayas to the pristine shores of Palau more accessible and enjoyable than ever before. We’re thrilled to unite these incredible destinations, offering a gateway to adventure, culture, and natural wonders.”

Flight Schedule:

  • The first commercial flight from Singapore launches on 23 November 2023. 
  • The aircraft utilized for the route will be the Airbus A320neo. The aircraft has 140 seats in a two-class configuration comprising 120 Economy class seats and 20 Business class seats. 
  • Frequency: The flight between Singapore and Palau will operate once a week on Thursdays from 23 November to 20 December. From 21 December, flights will increase to twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays. 

Flight Details[1]:

  • Departure from Singapore (SIN) at 0020 hrs, arriving in Koror (ROR) at 0640 hrs 
  • Departure from Koror (ROR) at 0740 hrs, arriving in Singapore (SIN) at 1130 hrs

Tickets for this new service will be available on from 30 October 2023. 

[1]Palau is one hour ahead of Singapore (+9 UTC).

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