Here are eight carriers that have resumed—or are about to resume—scheduled passenger services to and from Changi Airport.
The Lion City’s national carrier previously announced that it would be reinstating 12 more routes this June and July, serving major destinations such as Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Osaka. Passengers traveling from seven cities in Australia and New Zealand—namely Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney—on Singapore Airlines (SIA) or Scoot are allowed to transit through Changi to any destination within the Singapore Airlines Group network. However, this new measure does not apply to those going in the other direction, and transfers to and from flights operated by airlines outside the SIA Group are not yet allowed.
Flights to the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu are available on a weekly basis, and depart Singapore at 4 p.m. every Monday. Curiously, the recent introduction of “fast lane” arrangements to allow essential travel between the Lion City and six mainland Chinese provinces and municipalities do not cover Sichuan, of which Chengdu is the provincial capital. Air China has not yet announced when it will reintroduce regular passenger services to and from Shanghai—one of three province-level municipalities (the others being Tianjin and Chongqing) covered under the “fast lane” scheme.
In April, the growing coronavirus outbreak forced Cathay Pacific and its regional subsidiary Cathay Dragon to reduce their collective flying capacity to just three percent of pre-pandemic levels. The Hong Kong–based airline continued to touch down in Singapore three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays (the Sunday flights will be rescheduled to Fridays later this month). Though Cathay originally planned to increase flights on the route to a daily service as soon as June 21, that has now been pushed back to July 12.
According to the latest flight schedules posted on its website, the Taiwanese flag carrier will be returning to Singapore on a regular basis with return flights between Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport and Changi every Saturday starting on June 27. China Airlines is set to add a second weekly service on Wednesdays from July 15.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Flights between Amsterdam and Singapore on KLM have continued throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with passenger services departing the Lion City on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Recent adjustments in the timing mean that the 12-and-a-half hour nonstop flights now take off from Changi five minutes after midnight. KLM plans to expand its route network in July, increasing the number of flights by more than 60 percent compared to June, and resuming operations on six long-haul routes. These will include those to Jakarta and Denpasar, the latter of which will be flown via Singapore.
Alongside 22 other international routes, PAL relaunched its Manila–Singapore service earlier this month as coronavirus restrictions in the Philippine capital were partially lifted. The carrier plans to ramp up its flight frequency on the Singapore route to three times a week, with return journeys slated for every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from June 17 onward.
Earlier this month, this Doha-based carrier claimed that it was the largest airline in the world, thanks to its resumption of more than 40 routes, and the fact that it has brought 1.8 million travelers home over 15,000 flights from the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. Regular passenger services between Doha and Singapore restarted on June 2 with thrice-weekly flights; the leading Gulf airline has since upped the frequency to daily, with a red-eye service leaving Changi at 2:15 a.m. each night.
June 2 marked the return of Swiss International Air Lines to both Singapore and Southeast Asia as a whole. The Zürich–Singapore route was initially scheduled to be flown once a week until June 15, the date when daily services were set to resume. However, Swiss has scaled back those plans to run twice-weekly flights instead, departing Singapore on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m. and touching down in Zürich at 6:10 a.m. the next morning.