Jetstar Asia has announced a new five-hour nonstop service between Singapore’s Changi airport and Wuxi’s Sunan Shuofang International airport, launching on 28 December.

As the only airline to currently operate this route, the Singapore low-cost airline is expecting to fly more than 70,000 customers each year between the two destinations, initially operating two weekly return services on the Airbus A320, increasing to four weekly services from 15 January 2024.

Wuxi is located in the southern Jiangsu province, just over 100 kilometres from Shanghai and sits on the banks of Taihu, one of China’s largest freshwater lakes. A historically and culturally prominent city, Wuxi is also an economic centre and export hub.

Jetstar Asia CEO, Barathan Pasupathi said he was pleased to announce a second China destination, in addition to Haikou, with Wuxi promising to be another popular city in Jetstar Asia’s growing network.

“Since China reopened their borders and entry requirements for foreign visitors returned to what they were pre-COVID, we’re seeing strong interest for services to key Chinese ports as well as increasing demand for services from China to Singapore,” Barathan said.

“China is an important market and following the successful launch of our services to Haikou earlier this year, we’re excited to add another Chinese city to our growing list of destinations and believe Wuxi has the right dynamics to be a successful route,” the Jetstar chief added.

To celebrate the launch of this new direct service, Jetstar Asia will launch special one-way fares from Singapore to Wuxi for travel between January and May 2024 from SG$178 (US$130), available on from 1000 (SGT) tomorrow, 10 October until 2359 (SGT) on 16 October 2023.

Club Jetstar members will have access to even cheaper fares, starting from SG$168, with travellers able to sign up to become a Club Jetstar member at when making a booking.