By Will Lee
Singapore Airlines Resumes Pre-Pandemic Routes
Singapore Airlines is determined to resume its services after the pandemic, announcing its full London services will resume to pre-pandemic levels in June. The carrier currently operates two flights to London, adding the third flight on Apr.1.
Singapore Airlines will operate four times a day services to London in June, using Boeing 777-300ER, A380 and A350 aircraft. Meanwhile, Loganair, a regional airline in the U.K. has reached an interline agreement with Singapore Airlines, making its customers can travel overseas from London and Manchester on a single booking.
The travelers from Aberdeen, Inverness, the Isle of Man, and Teesside, U.K. also benefit from the new agreement.
“Singapore Airlines is delighted to announce its new interline partnership with Loganair, giving our passengers greater connectivity and flexibility with their travel options.” Mohamed Rafi Mar, Singapore Airlines’ U.K. & Ireland General Manager said in a statement.
In addition, Singapore has expanded its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program to eight Indian cities. Under the VTL program, travelers can go to Singapore without quarantine. Singapore Airlines has welcomed the decision.
Meanwhile, the flag carrier will bring the superjumbo back to India, unveiling that the A380 will operate the Singapore – Mumbai from Mar. 14 and Singapore – Delhi to be expected in the coming months.
Also, Singapore Airlines has announced that it will enhance its service to Australia by recommencing services to Cairns and Darwin, Australia on Mar. 28 and Mar. 29 respectively. The carrier is going to operate the Boeing 737 on these new routes. After adding the new routes, the airline operates nearly 100 flights to Australia from Singapore a week.
In the meantime, Singapore Airlines will start services to Penang, Malaysia, and Denpasar, Indonesia, after revealing the pairs are eligible for the VTL program. Also, travelers coming from Greece and Vietnam could avoid quarantine from Mar. 16.
After two years of the pandemic, Singapore Airlines has more than its fair share of problems due to lack of domestic travel. Singapore is carrying out a “living in covid” policy, meaning the carrier could rebound quickly after the pandemic.
However, the government is considering abolishing the VTL program, despite the country recording over 10,000 cases daily.
“Instead of having vaccinated travel lanes with selected countries that we think are low risk, we should actually (quarantine-free) travel for vaccinated travelers or fully-vaccinated travelers, from all countries.” Ye Kung Ong, Health Minister of Singapore said.
But Ong didn’t reveal more details and timeline on abolishing VTL. Currently, travelers coming from the U.S., U.K., Canada, etc. are eligible for the VTL program.