More than 20 cities across the Singapore Airlines Group network are listed as approved points of departure.
Since Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority lifted its ban on transits in early June, the SIA Group has been gradually restoring Changi Airport’s role as an important stopover point for intercontinental travelers. Restrictions were first eased for passengers flying from Australia and New Zealand, and the scheme was gradually expanded to cover seven cities in Asia, before being extended to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and London.
As of yesterday, three more destinations in Europe—namely Barcelona, Paris, and Zürich—have been added to the list. Travelers on board Singapore Airlines flights from all the aforementioned cities can now catch connecting flights from Changi to any destination within the SIA Group network, except for places in mainland China (i.e. Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai).
That means it is possible to buy return tickets between Paris and Sydney via Singapore, as both are approved cities for transit. Passengers are advised to book the whole journey on one ticket, and must make sure they meet the entry requirements at their final destination. So far, transfers at Changi are only allowed between airlines within the SIA Group (Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, and Scoot).
According to a statement, the total layover time in Singapore should not exceed 48 hours. Those who face a longer stopover can book a room at Aerotel Singapore in Changi Airport Terminal 1. Arriving passengers with a hotel reservation will be ushered to a dedicated transit holding area for verification checks, and ground staff will then guide them to the Aerotel, where they must remain throughout their stay. After checkout, travelers will be escorted to a waiting area before boarding their connecting flight.
The cities and airlines approved for transit flights through Singapore are as follows:
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong||Singapore Airlines, Scoot|
|South Korea||Seoul||Singapore Airlines|
|United Kingdom||London (Heathrow)||Singapore Airlines|
*Citing restrictions imposed by the Australian government, SIA has decided to cancel Melbourne-bound services until August 8, although one-way flights from Melbourne to Singapore will still operate.