Insight released today by global travel search engine Skyscanner (www.skyscanner.com.sg) reveals Singapore’s Changi Airport topping the list as most popular airport for travellers choosing to self-connect in Asia – outranking Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.
Self-connect passengers are those who build their own itinerary, travelling on two separate tickets often with different carriers to save money or for stop-over tourism.
Top Airports for Self-connect Bookings by Region
|Region||Top Airport||% of seats booked to airport part of self-connect trip|
While the development of budget airlines in Asia has been slower, Singapore’s Changi Airport is fast becoming a popular self-connection point, something which will no doubt increase in years to come as discount carriers gain a stronger presence in the region.
Skyscanner’s data shows that self-connections are on the rise. The average percentage of users choosing to self-connect, rather than take a flight route with a single carrier, has increased to 12.6% up from 11.6% the previous year.
The analysis is based on data collected from the search engine’s 50 million monthly users searching for flights, and is accompanied with anInfographic report breaking down the top self-connect airports by region.
Hugh Aitken, Commercial Director at Skyscanner commented, “In the age of the savvy traveller, and with the growth of low cost carriers, an increasing number of passengers are more aware of their options, choosing to self-connect their travel as a result. For both airports and airlines, having a full picture of the searches and bookings passengers are making, including their preferences for connections, routes and pricing, is essential if they are to capitalise on the market.”
The analysis of self-connections was based on data produced by Skyscanner’s cutting-edge Travel Insight tool, already used by many leading airlines such as Iberia Express. The data crunching tool, developed by Skyscanner’s dedicated B2B Unit Skyscanner for Business, allows businesses to learn key insights from the travel planning process of their potential flight customers from the global search data captured through the metasearch engine’s 50 million monthly visitors.