The capital of Indonesia’s North Sumatra province will be served by the carrier on a twice-weekly basis.
Singapore Airlines is resuming commercial flights between the Lion City and Medan tomorrow morning. Recently refurbished Boeing 737-800 aircraft will make the short hop over the Strait of Malacca, which is expected to take just one hour and 20 minutes. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Flight SQ 990 will depart Changi at 7:40 a.m. to touch down in Medan at 8 a.m. local time. After a quick turnaround, Flight SQ 991 will then take off from Medan’s Kuala Namu International Airport at 8:45 a.m. and return to Singapore at 11:05 a.m.
Alvin Seah, the airline’s General Manager for Indonesia, said in a statement, “As international travel progressively recovers, there has been a growing demand for tourists and business travelers who wish to visit Indonesia. The resumption of our flights to Medan is part of the Group’s commitment to continue providing flexibility and greater travel options to our customers.” SIA says it will monitor demand closely and adjust flight frequencies to bring capacity more in line with demand.
Apart from Medan, the Singapore Airlines Group currently serves four other Indonesian destinations. SIA and its low-cost arm Scoot operate a combined four daily flights to Bali, while offering 52 weekly frequencies to Jakarta (including five times daily services from Singapore Airlines) and 16 flights per week to Surabaya. Scoot also flies twice a week to Manado, a popular diving destination in North Sulawesi. In late 2020, the budget carrier announced the resumption of passenger services to Semarang and Yogyakarta on the island of Java, as well as the Sumatran cities of Palembang and Pekanbaru. But those plans were put on ice, and there has been no further news on a start date for all four routes.
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