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Singapore Airlines and Silkair ramp up capacity for June and July 2020

The carriers will operate over 800 flights to and from 27 cities over the next two months, up from the 15 cities served in May

In another encouraging news, Singapore Airlines and Silkair announced on Monday (1 Jun) that it will be expanding the list of destinations they will fly to in June and July.

Both carriers will operate to a total of 27 cities across 18 countries/territories.

Transit through Singapore still not possible yet

While this expanded network is a move towards allowing passengers to transit through Singapore in the near term, SIA has mentioned transit is still not possible for now until its plans for transfer procedures have been finalised.

(Photo: Changi Airport Group)

The Singapore aviation authority has earlier announced that transit passengers will be allowed through Changi Airport from today (2 Jun), subject to approvals of plans submitted by airlines on safe transfers of passengers.

The transit market will be critical to Singapore Airlines and Silkair, given that roughly a third of all passengers travelling through Changi are transit passengers, and most of these passengers will likely be carried by Singapore Airlines or Silkair.

Singapore Airlines schedule

In addition to the 14 destinations it served in May, Singapore Airlines will be adding the following destinations from June:

  • Adelaide
  • Amsterdam
  • Auckland
  • Barcelona
  • Brisbane
  • Christchurch
  • Copenhagen
  • Hong Kong
  • Melbourne
  • Osaka

The full schedules for Singapore Airlines (as of 1 Jun) is as follow:

Southeast Asia

SectorFlight no.Days operatingDepArrDurationAircraft
Singapore – Kuala LumpurSQ104Mon, Wed, Fri083009301hA350-900
Kuala Lumpur – SingaporeSQ105Mon, Wed, Fri102511351h 10mA350-900
Singapore – BangkokSQ976(Only in July)
Mon, Fri, Sun
160017252h 25mB787-10
Bangkok – SingaporeSQ979Mon, Fri, Sun183021552h 25mB787-10
Singapore – JakartaSQ966Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun183019201h 50mA350-900
Jakarta – SingaporeSQ967Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun201523051h 50mA350-900
Singapore – ManilaSQ910Mon*, Fri093013053h 35mA350-900
Manila – SingaporeSQ917Mon*, Fri141517553h 40mA350-900
Hanoi – SingaporeSQ175Fri123517053h 30mB787-10
Ho Chi Minh City – SingaporeSQ177Mon, Thu123015302hB787-10

*No service on 8 Jun; will operate once-off on 9 Jun

North Asia

SectorFlight no.Days operatingDepArrDurationAircraft
Singapore – SeoulSQ600Wed, Sat080015356h 35mA350-900
Seoul – SingaporeSQ609Wed, Sat164522006h 15mA350-900
Singapore – Tokyo NaritaSQ638Thu, Sat, Sun002508307h 5mB787-10
Tokyo Narita – SingaporeSQ637Thu, Sat, Sun101016207h 10mB787-10
Singapore – Osaka KansaiSQ622(From 12 Jun) Fri143022106h 40mA350-900
Osaka KansaiSQ623(From 12 Jun) Fri23250440(+1)6h 15mA350-900
Singapore – ShanghaiSQ830Mon093015055h 35mB787-10
Shanghai – SingaporeSQ833Mon165022205h 30mB787-10
Singapore – Hong KongSQ890(from 10 Jun) Wed, Thu, Sat072511203h 55mB787-10
Hong Kong – SingaporeSQ891(from 10 Jun) Wed, Thu, Sat122516203h 55mB787-10

Southwest Pacific

SectorFlight no.Days operatingDepArrDurationAircraft
Singapore – AdelaideSQ279(From 8 Jun) Mon23400755(+1)6h 45mA350-900
Adelaide – SingaporeSQ278(From 9 Jun) Tue091015107h 30mA350-900
Singapore – Brisbane (via Sydney)SQ288(From 9 Jun) Tue, Fri0935215510h 20m
(incl. 1 stop)
A350-900
Brisbane – SingaporeSQ288(From 9 Jun) Tue, Fri23000500+(1)8hA350-900
Singapore – MelbourneSQ237(from 8 Jun) Mon23550920(+1)7h 25mA350-900
SQ217(from 12 Jun) Fri111020357h 25mA350-900
Melbourne – SingaporeSQ238(from 9 Jun) Tue23500545(+1)7h 55mA350-900
SQ218(from 13 Jun) Sat093515257h 50mA350-900
Singapore – SydneySQ211(2, 5, 7 Jun only) Tue, Fri, Sun093519157h 40mB777-300ER
SQ231(from 8 Jun) Mon, Wed, Sun004510257h 40mA350-900
SQ288(From 9 Jun) Tue, Fri093519157h 40mA350-900
Sydney -SingaporeSQ232(1-8 Jun only) Mon, Wed, Sat110017307h 30mB777-300ER
SQ232(from 9 Jun) Mon, Tue, Thu121018408h 30mA350-900
Sydney – Singapore (via Brisbane)SQ288(From 9 Jun) Tue, Fri2025050010h 35m (incl. 1 stop)A350- 900
Singapore – AucklandSQ285(From 9 Jun) Tue000513409h 35mA350-900
SQ281From 12 Jun) Fri084522209h 35mA350-900
Auckland – SingaporeSQ282(From 10 Jun) Wed23200610(+1)10h 50mA350-900
SQ286(From 13 Jun) Sat1515220510h 50mA350-900
Singapore – ChristchurchSQ297(From 14 Jun) Sun23001240(+1)9h 40mA350-900
Christchurch – SingaporeSQ298(From 16 Jun) Tue0900155010h 50mA350-900

Europe

SectorFlight no.Days operatingDepArrDurationAircraft
Singapore – LondonSQ322Tue, Thu, Sat23300555(+1)13h 25mA350-900
London – SingaporeSQ317Mon, Thu, Sat11250730(+1)13h 5mA350-900
Singapore – FrankfurtSQ326(1-7 Jun only) Wed, Fri, Sun1155184012h 45mB777-300ER
SQ26(From 9 Jun) Tue, Thu, Sat23550645(+1)12h 50mA350-900
Frankfurt – SingaporeSQ325(1-8 Jun only) Mon, Thu, Sat20001425(+1)12h 25mB777-300ER
SQ25(From 11 Jun) Mon, Thu, Sat12300650(+1)12h 20mA350-900
Singapore – ZurichSQ346Wed, Fri, Sun0125081512h 50mB777-300ER / A350-900
Zurich – SingaporeSQ345Mon, Thu, Sat11450555(+1)12h 10mB777-300ER / A350-900
Singapore – AmsterdamSQ324(From 9 Jun) Tue, Sat23550715(+1)13h 20mA350-900
Amsterdam – SingaporeSQ323(From 11 Jun) Mon, Thu11150555(+1)12h 40mA350-900
Singapore – BarcelonaSQ388(From 11 Jun) Thu23350655(+1)13h 20mA350-900
Barcelona – SingaporeSQ387(From 13 Jun) Sat12050700(+1)12h 55mA350-900
Singapore – CopenhagenSQ352(From 18 Jun) Thu23500625(+1)12h 35mA350-900
Cophenhagen – SingaporeSQ351(From 20 Jun) Sat12200620(+1)12hA350-900

USA

SectorFlight no.Days operatingDepArrDurationAircraft
Singapore – Los AngelesSQ38Wed, Fri, Sun1940203515h 55mA350-900
Los Angeles – SingaporeSQ37Mon, Wed, Sat00050815(+1)17h 10mA350-900

Silkair schedule

Silkair will also expand its list of destinations beyond Chongqing, to also serve Cebu, Kuala Lumpur and Medan.

SectorFlight no.Days operatingDepArrDurationAircraft
Singapore – ChongqingMI972Mon070011354h 35mB737-800
Chongqing – SingaporeMI971Mon123517304h 55mB737-800
Singapore – CebuMI560(From 12 Jun) Wed, Fri103014003h 30mB737-800
Cebu – SingaporeMI559(From 10 Jun) Wed, Fri145018353h 45mB737-800
Singapore – Kuala LumpurMI324(From 13 Jun) Sat, Sun083009301hB737-800
Kuala Lumpur – SingaporeMI323(From 13 Jun) Sat, Sun102511251hB737-800
Singapore – MedanMI234(From 9 Jun) Tue, Thu074008001h 20mB737-800
Medan – SingaporeMI233(From 9 Jun) Tue, Thu084511051h 20mB737-800

Scoot’s schedule for June

Scoot has earlier announced its schedule for June, expanding its destination list to a total of six destinations:

  • Guanzghou
  • Hong Kong
  • Perth
  • Ipoh
  • Penang
  • Kuching

Singapore Airlines Group schedules for the rest of 2020

While Singapore Airlines continue to make its full originally planned schedule available for August 2020 and beyond, the airline is likely to make adjustments down the road, depending on what the global situation is like at that point in time.

Of course, while we hope for a full recovery of air travel, experts have warned that this is unlikely in the near term, and the volume of air travel is likely to only regain former levels by 2022 or beyond.

Final thoughts

This expanded schedule is definitely along way off SIngapore Airlines’ full schedule. Despite this new development, Singapore Airlines has pointedly said that this is still a 96% reduction off the same capacity last year, so the road to recovery is definitely long.

I’ll be interested to see what will the transfer/transit arrangements at Changi Airport be like, given that this step up in air services is a prelude to the transit traffic that SIA will want to court again.

Another thing that we will be watching out is how Singapore Airlines proceed with its plans to fold Silkair into the mainline, given that the integration was planned to begin this year.

In the meantime, Singapore has earlier announced that it will be exploring setting up travel ‘green lanes’, or ‘travel bubbles’ with some countries, which will help to facilitate ‘essential travel’. By ‘essential travel’, this points to the most important business travel or urgent personal travel, and excludes all mass market travel, so that means it may be a long while before anyone of us steps on an aircraft for a holiday.

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