Singapore Airlines Boosts Flights to India and Japan

Passenger capacity across the SIA Group will reach 81 percent of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year.

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Citing “robust demand for travel to and from India” to destinations across the SIA Group network, Singapore Airlines now plans to restore almost 100 percent of its pre-Covid operating capacity to India by October 30. The carrier is also adding frequencies to Japan as the country gradually reopens its borders to the rest of the world.

From July 24, SQ 634 to Tokyo Haneda and SQ 638 to Tokyo Narita will become daily services. Together with the daily SQ 12 service from Singapore to Los Angeles via Narita, SIA will operate three daily services into the Japanese capital, up from 14 flights a week. Then on October 30, the daily SQ 636 service to Haneda will be reinstated, bringing Tokyo up to 28 weekly services.

Flight SQ 618 from Singapore to Osaka is also set to resume on October 30, ramping up services between Singapore and Osaka to twice daily. Meanwhile, the SQ 656 service to Fukuoka will increase to three flights per week. With the thrice-weekly service to Nagoya, SIA will operate 62 percent of its pre-Covid operating capacity to Japan by the end of October.

Over in India, the airline will progressively operate 17 weekly services to Chennai, up from the current 10 flights per week. Frequencies on the Singapore–Kochi route will double to 14 times weekly, while Bengaluru services will go up to 16 times weekly, up from the current seven flights per week.

Singapore Airlines is also stepping up frequencies on two long-haul routes. From November 30, SQ 36 will operate as a daily nonstop flight to Los Angeles. This is in addition to the current daily SQ 38 service. SIA will operate 21 weekly services to L.A., including the daily one-stop service through Tokyo Narita, up from the current 17 flights per week.

Then from December 1, the formerly three-times-weekly SQ332 service from Singapore to Paris will operate five days a week, complementing the current daily SQ 336 service to the city. This means SIA is aiming to run 12 weekly flights to the French capital, up from seven flights per week.

To cater to growing demand for travel, Singapore Airlines will continue its thrice-weekly SQ 48 direct service to Vancouver in the northern winter operating season. Together with other adjustments to the SIA and Scoot network, the SIA Group capacity is projected to be at around 81 percent of pre-pandemic levels by December 2022.

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