Singapore Airlines’ flight schedule for April makes me sad

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will be operating slightly over 300 flights in April, with outbound service to just 13 destinations.

Here’s something to chew over.

This is Singapore Airline’s and SilkAir’s regular route network, that was in operation as recently as January.

And here’s where they’re flying to in April.

Outbound destinations from SIN only (HAN and SGN are inbound)

It makes for painful viewing.

This isn’t unique to Singapore Airlines, of course. Airlines around the world have been eviscerated by the Covid-19 outbreak, and air traffic is at an all-time low. Pay a visit to Changi now, and you’ll probably see something like this:

Photo credit: Alan Neo

At the same time, it’s extra poignant to see this hitting so close to home. Every cancelled flight means more pay cuts, more staff and pilots asked to go on unpaid leave, more hardship for those in support services like catering and baggage handling.

What flights are still operating in April?

It speaks volumes that when Singapore Airlines announced its first Covid-19 related flight cancellations in February, the accompanying documents listed the dates of cancelled flights…

…whereas now, it’s become easier to simply list the dates where flights are operating. 

All in all, I count 308 flights scheduled for April, from Singapore to 13 destinations (I’m not including Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City in the destination count, since these are only scheduled inbound to Singapore). That works out to about 4-5 flights departing Singapore daily. 4-5! 

The details, if you’re interested…

Services to Southeast Asia (Source)
Flight NumberRouteOperating Dates (April 2020)
SQ976Singapore    Bangkok3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24,
26, 27
SQ979Bangkok    Singapore3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24,
26, 27
SQ175Hanoi    Singapore3, 10, 17, 24
SQ177Ho Chi Minh City    Singapore2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
SQ966Singapore    Jakarta1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15,
16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27,
29, 30
SQ967Jakarta    Singapore1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15,
16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27,
29, 30
SQ104Singapore    Kuala Lumpur1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22,
24, 27, 29
SQ105Kuala Lumpur    Singapore1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22,
24, 27, 29
SQ910Singapore    Manila3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
SQ917Manila    Singapore3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
Services to North Asia (Source)
Flight NumberRouteOperating Dates (April 2020)
MI972Singapore    Chongqing6, 13, 20, 27
MI971Chongqing    Singapore6, 13, 20, 27
SQ600Singapore    Seoul1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
SQ609Seoul    Singapore1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
SQ830Singapore    Shanghai6, 13, 20, 27
SQ833Shanghai    Singapore6, 13, 20, 27
SQ638Singapore    Tokyo (Narita)1, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25,
29
SQ637Tokyo (Narita)    Singapore2, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26,
30
Services to South West Pacific (Source)
Flight NumberRouteOperating Dates (April 2020)
SQ211Singapore    Sydney3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24,
26, 28
SQ232Sydney    Singapore4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25,
27, 29
Services to Europe (Source)
Flight NumberRouteOperating Dates (April 2020)
SQ318Singapore    London1
SQ317London    Singapore2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23,
25, 27, 30
SQ322Singapore    London2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23,
25, 28, 30
SQ326Singapore    Frankfurt1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22,
24, 26, 29
SQ325Frankfurt    Singapore2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23,
25, 27, 30
SQ346Singapore    Zurich1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22,
24, 26, 29
SQ345Zurich    Singapore2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23,
25, 27, 30
Services to the United States (Source)
Flight NumberRouteOperating Dates (April 2020)
SQ38Singapore    Los Angeles1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
SQ37Los Angeles Singapore3, 4, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

I paid a visit to Changi last week, and although I knew what to expect, I still got major feels walking through the terminals. Whether it was 1, 2 or 3, the whole place had a real “Last of us” vibe.

Terminal 1
Terminal 2
Terminal 3

Jewel wasn’t any better, with reliably crowded haunts like the Pokemon Centre empty, and many merchants running rock bottom promotions. The Changi Lounge is now 50% off, for what it’s worth.

At least I managed to get a nice shot of the waterfall for once, with added rainbow bonus.

Conclusion

Singapore Airlines is maintaining bare bones connectivity to Australia, Europe and the USA, despite the extensive fleet groundings. I doubt it makes a difference to most people, given that no one’s going to be traveling any time soon.

Still, it makes you nostalgic for the days when the biggest concern was what destinations were coming out for Spontaneous Escapes…

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Tung

My sq22 flight to new york city on 24 Apr still shows “confirmed” on my manage trip. why is this so?

Jason

Hello from Sydney. Love the shot of the waterfall Aaron!

Jason

haha you’re a funny one. things are OK here, good luck with the upcoming lockdown!

Abdul

It is very sad to see our airport in this situation…

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