Budget Airline flights to Singapore
Although Singapore has a dedicated budget airlines terminal, there are currently no cheap flights to Singapore from the UK operated by specialist no-frills airlines. This is unlikely to change, as there is already reasonable competition between British Airways and Singapore Airlines, and also from Qantas, who use Singapore as a stopover on their flights to Australia.
Air Asia X have also recently axed their flights to Kuala Lumpur from London - and these were the only real budget airline flights to Asia 'proper' - you can still get cheap flights to Tel Aviv in Israel, or to Amman in Jordan, but these are within range of the European short haul budget airlines. It remains to be seen whether or not the new Singapore Airlines offshoot 'Scoot' will start cheap flights to Singapore from London, but given the current state of the market, I very much doubt it.
There are also plenty of connecting flights via the Middle East, or other hubs in Europe, and even India, which can offer even better value than some of the direct flight options. As we've already seen following the collapse of Oasis Hong Kong airlines in 2008, it would be extremely difficult for a start-up airline to gain any headway in this market place.
Flights to Singapore from UK regional airports
Althoughcompetition is certainly most intense on the London to Singapore route, Singapore is one of the few Asian cities outside the Middle East to offer direct flights from a UK regional airport. In addition to their Heathrow route - Singapore Airlines operate flights between Manchester and Singapore, although you will still have to make do with a stop in Munich in each direction. This stop is due to be removed later this year, providing a much more useful non-stop service from Manchester.A
Historically, flights to Singapore from Dublin, or anywhere else in Ireland have been poor value, as links between either Dublin or Belfast and Asian transfer hubs used to be very poor.
Now that Dublin has flights to Dubai courtesy of Emirates, together with an established route into Abu Dhabi with Etihad, onward connections are relatively easy. flights from Belfast to Singapore on the other hand remain ridiculously expensive, as you are essentially paying whatever it takes just to get to London on top of the flight to Singapore - and there is no tax reduction for indirect long haul flights from Belfast.
Perhaps best known for its draconian chewing gum laws (leave the Hubba Bubba at home), Singapore has an undeserved reputation as a rather staid and conservative place. This couldn't be further from the truth, for Singapore offers a thrilling mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian culture amid the gleaming skyscrapers and colonial splendour of its impressive downtown.
The most surprising aspect of a visit to Singapore is the profusion of lush equatorial forest to be found once you leave the urban areas. Similar in size and shape to the Isle of Wight, Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsular and is a popular stop-off on the long trek from Europe to Australia. The city-state provides a safe and easy introduction to South-East Asia ' crime is virtually unheard of, smoking is banned in all public places and there is an almost obsessive approach towards food hygiene.
Singapore is also a shopper paradise, offering some of the cheapest electronics in the region. Singapore is barely 100 miles north of the equator, so it is invariably humid all year round. It is usually coolest (and wettest!) during the winter months, but even then the temperatures rarely dip below 30 celsius. July is generally the driest month.
Singapore offers the full gamut of accommodation, from cheap and cheerful hostels to palatial luxury hotels.