TWO regional airlines, the Philippines' Airphil Express and Malaysia's Berjaya Air, will start operations at Changi Airport in the next two weeks.

Airphil will operate 14 weekly flights between Singapore and Manila from Changi's Terminal 2 from Oct 27, and 14 weekly flights between Singapore and Cebu from Dec 1.

Singapore will be Airphil's first international destination, and it will join five other carriers currently flying to the Philippines.

Berjaya Air will begin operations at Changi's Budget Terminal on Nov 1 with 10 flights a week to Tioman, operating daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays.

From next March, it will increase the flight frequency to 28 weekly flights, 14 each to the resort islands of Tioman and Redang. Both islands are new links to Changi.

Changi Airport Group's Director, Market Development, Mr Lim Ching Kiat, said: 'We are delighted to welcome these two new carriers to Changi's network. Their services will improve Changi's connectivity and accessibility to their destinations.'

The two new airlines will be the sixth and seventh new airline to begin operations to Changi this year. Together, Changi will serve 98 airlines operating more than 5,000 weekly scheduled flights connecting Singapore to over 200 cities in 60 countries and territories.

2 new airlines join Changi