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Changi airport top self-connection point in Asia: Skyscanner

GLOBAL travel-search engine Skyscanner said Singapore's Changi Airport is the most popular airport for travellers choosing to self-connect in Asia, trumping 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 stopover tourism.

While the development of budget airlines in Asia has been slower, Changi has become a popular self-connection point.

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 per cent, up from 11.6 per cent in the previous year.

The analysis of self-connections was based on data produced by Skyscanner's Travel Insight tool, which is 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.