SIA Updates List of Approved Cities for Transits at Changi

Athens, Kota Kinabalu, and Manado are being added as Scoot resumes flights to all three destinations.

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraft. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

The fluid pandemic situation has not stopped the Singapore Airlines Group from ramping up its efforts to restore Changi Airport’s role as a key stopover point for global travelers. Thanks to lower infection rates in the United Kingdom and South Africa, those flying in from London and Johannesburg are allowed to catch connecting flights at Changi once more.

Transits from three more Scoot destinations can also resume this month: Kota Kinabalu will be added back to the list this Saturday (May 8), while flights to Athens start on May 20, and those to the Indonesian city of Manado will relaunch on May 28. In related news, Singapore Airlines was originally slated to resume regular services to Denpasar sometime this month, but those plans have since been postponed as international passenger flights to and from Bali remain suspended for now.

In line with the latest border measures implemented in the Lion City, passengers with a travel history to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in the past 14 days are no longer allowed to transit through Changi Airport. For this reason, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu have been temporarily taken off the list of approved points of departure.

Singapore Airlines and Scoot have stopped carrying transit passengers to Hong Kong citing “regulatory requirements.” Both carriers were recently slapped with two-week flight bans on the route, as a number of transit passengers tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival and documentation carried by others did not meet the standards set out by Hong Kong health authorities. That said, services from Hong Kong to Singapore remain unaffected, and passengers originating from Hong Kong are still allowed to transfer through Changi en route to their final destinations.

So far, SIA has signed interline agreements with seven other carriers to allow their customers to fly from any of the approved points of departure and then continue their journeys on SIA Group flights. These are:

  • Air France
  • Air Niugini
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • Turkish Airlines

As of May 5, the cities and airlines approved for transit flights through Singapore are as follows:

City Carrier
Australia Adelaide

Brisbane

Melbourne

Perth

Sydney

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines, Scoot

Singapore Airlines, Scoot

Singapore Airlines

Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan Singapore Airlines
Cambodia Phnom Penh Singapore Airlines
China Chongqing

Guangzhou

Nanjing

Shanghai

Shenzhen

Tianjin

Wuhan

Zhengzhou

Singapore Airlines

Scoot

Scoot

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Scoot

Scoot

Scoot

Denmark Copenhagen Singapore Airlines
France Paris Singapore Airlines
Germany Frankfurt

Munich

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Greece Athens Scoot (from May 20)
Indonesia Denpasar

Jakarta

Manado

Medan

Surabaya

Singapore Airlines (Postponed)

Singapore Airlines

Scoot (from May 28)

Singapore Airlines

Scoot

Italy Milan Singapore Airlines
Hong Kong Hong Kong Singapore Airlines, Scoot
Japan Osaka

Tokyo (Haneda)

Tokyo (Narita)

Fukuoka

Nagoya

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines, Scoot

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Macau Macau Scoot
Malaysia Ipoh

Kota Kinabalu

Kuala Lumpur

Kuching

Penang

Scoot

Scoot (from May 8)

Singapore Airlines, Scoot

Scoot

Scoot

Maldives Male Singapore Airlines
Myanmar Yangon Singapore Airlines
Netherlands Amsterdam Singapore Airlines
New Zealand Auckland

Christchurch

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Philippines Cebu

Clark

Manila

Scoot

Scoot

Singapore Airlines

Russia Moscow (Domodedovo) Singapore Airlines
South Africa Johannesburg Singapore Airlines
South Korea Seoul Singapore Airlines, Scoot
Spain Barcelona Singapore Airlines
Switzerland Zürich Singapore Airlines
Taiwan Taipei Singapore Airlines, Scoot
Thailand Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)

Phuket

Singapore Airlines, Scoot

Singapore Airlines

Turkey Istanbul Singapore Airlines
UAE Dubai Singapore Airlines
United Kingdom London (Heathrow) Singapore Airlines
United States Los Angeles

New York (JFK)

San Francisco

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Vietnam Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh City

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines, Scoot

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