LONDON – The SingaporeAirlines Group (SIA) are set to reinstate flights and increase frequency to more key destinations in the airlines’ network due to high and strong demand. The frequency increase and reinstations will proceed over the next few weeks
Fewer restrictions, more travel
As we are still opening up from the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more East Asian countries are easing restrictions along with opening their borders for travellers. The result of more countries opening their borders in the Asian region are high demand for air travel.
As the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group announced on October 3rd, increased demand is leading the group consisting of Singapore Airlines and Scoot, to meet buoyant demand for international air travel, thus increasing frequency and reinstating routes that were shut down at the brink of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning at Singapore Airlines, Ms JoAnn Tan said: “Buoyed by the further easing of entry requirements in Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, China we are seeing strong demand for air travel towards the year-end holiday season.”
“Many customers are especially keen on destinations that have remained largely closed over the last few years. The SIA Group aims to offer even more value and options for our customers as they make their holiday plans, and we will be nimble in adjusting our services in response to the demand for air travel.”
The increased frequencies
Countries where Singapore Airlines (SQ) are currently meeting high demand, consist of multiple countries, cities and regions in East Asia, with these getting increased service and reinstating
- Starting October 30th, Singapore Airlines (SQ) will add flight SQ636 to their systems as an additional service to Tokyo Haneda Int’l Airport (HND) on top of the already existing SQ634 service, and SQ638 service to Tokyo Narita Int’l Airport (NRT). In total with Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles service (SQ12), four daily flights to Japan’s capital are to be served by Singapore Airlines (SQ).
- The carrier will further reinstate the service between Singapore and Osaka on October 30th, leaving Osaka with two daily flights from Singapore’s Changi Int’l Airport (SIN) as SQ618 will be the flight reinstated. On top of this, Singapore Airlines’ SQ656 flight to Fukuoka will see an increase to three weekly flights.
- Scoot (TR) currently operates flights to Tokyo Narita (NRT) daily, including four times weekly with a stop in Taipei, as well as five weekly flights to Osaka. From October 30th, Japan will see an increase in Scoot flights as the carrier increases the frequencies of TR898 via Taipei, TR808 to Tokyo Narita (NRT), and TR818 to Osaka, leaving them at daily services. On top of this, Scoot will also mount a seasonal four-times-weekly non-stop flight to Sapporo from November 2nd to February 27th 2023, as SQ890.
- Scoot (TR) will also resume flight TR892, a three-times weekly service to Sapporo via Taipei, from November 1st of this year.
- SOUTH KOREA
- Also from October 30th, Singapore Airlines (SQ) will add a new daily service to Seoul (ICN), under the flight number SQ606. The flight will go in addition to SQ’s 600 and 608 daily services to Seoul, leaving Singapore Airlines’ service to Seoul at three times daily.
- Scoot (TR) will also reinstate TR896 on October 30th, as a five-times weekly service between Singapore-Taipei-Seoul. In addition to this, Scoot will also increase the frequency of the Jeju flights, to five-times weekly.
- Singapore Airlines will reinstate SQ876, a four-time weekly service to Taipei Int’l Airport (TPE), on top of the current SQ878 service, which runs three-times weekly
- Scoot (TR) also has news on this destination, as the increase in frequencies to Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Sapporo (CTS), will leave Scoot with 18-times weekly services to Taipei.
- HONG KONG
- Singapore Airlines (SQ) have plans to increase its twice-daily services into Hong Kong, to three-times daily as long as it is approved.
- Scoot (TR) is also aiming to increase its four-times-weekly service to Hong Kong, into daily services.
- MAINLAND CHINA
- Earlier in September, Singapore Airlines (SQ) reinstated its twice-weekly services to Beijing. They will now also resume a twice-weekly service to Chengdu from October 11th, under flight number SQ842. In addition to this, Singapore Airlines is aiming to increase frequencies as well as resume services to more destinations in mainland China, though subject to regulatory approvals.
Singapore Airlines and Scoot, or the Singapore Airlines Group, are aiming sharply to hit the increase in demand, and the expansion with increases in frequencies, are clear signs that they are ready whenever.
As with almost every airline during Covid-19, they were hit hard, and though unconfirmed, the increase and reinstation of flights might be an excellent business for both Singapore Airlines and Scoot, as passenger numbers might leave full flights.