Operated with an Airbus A350 and flown three times a week, the flights are due to resume next month.
More than a year after suspending passenger services to the United Kingdom’s third-busiest airport due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore Airlines has announced that it will restart its Manchester flights on July 17. SIA will deploy an Airbus A350-900 aircraft with a three-class configuration on the route; inside the cabin, passengers will find 42 lie-flat seats in business class in a 1-2-1 layout, 24 recliner seats with extra legroom in premium economy (in a 2-4-2 configuration), and 187 seats in economy class in a 3-3-3 layout.
Singapore Airlines flight SQ52 will depart Changi Airport at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and arrive in Manchester at 8:30 a.m. local time, after 13 hours and 45 minutes in the air. On the return leg, flight SQ51 will take off from Manchester Airport at 11 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for the 13-hour hop back to the Lion City, where it will touch down at 7 a.m. the following morning.
Singapore Airlines has operated on the route since 1986, making it Manchester Airport’s longest-serving long-haul carrier. The airline also began running onward transatlantic flights to Houston in 2016. SIA is hopeful that the flight frequency will increase over time and it can eventually restore connectivity between Manchester and the largest city in Texas.
In a statement, Mohamed Rafi Mar, Singapore Airlines’ General Manager for the UK and Ireland, said, “Manchester and the northwest region have been a key part of our route network for over 30 years, so while it was never our intention to have an enforced break in service as has happened due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we are delighted to be able to make our return. As restrictions slowly ease, our dedicated Manchester staff are excited to welcome our customers back once more and we look forward to continuing our longstanding and deep connection with the city of Manchester and its surroundings.”
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