Good news: Singapore Airlines scaling up flights, adds new destinations for June & July

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SIA announces an expanded schedule, adding Auckland, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Osaka and 7 more cities to its network.

After a few months of carnage, finally some good news: Singapore Airlines will be scaling up its schedules for June and July, adding 11 new cities from 8 June and planning an additional 500+ flights. This brings the total destinations in its network to 26.

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Barcelona is one of 11 new destinations added by SIA | Photo Credit: Ramon Jordi

It doesn’t mean we’re all going on a summer holiday, but it’s yet another step on the road to recovery. More importantly, it means that some of SIA’s pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff can return to their jobs, and a potential shot in the arm for Changi Airport’s tenants and personnel.

Some perspective is important: Singapore Airlines notes that even with the expanded schedule, it’s still a whopping 94% cut of scheduled passenger capacity.

With today’s announcement, SIA has cut approximately 94% of the passenger capacity that had been originally scheduled for June and July 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. SIA and SilkAir will continue to adjust our capacity to match the demand for international air travel.

And yet, I’ll take some optimism wherever I can find it.

What destinations has Singapore Airlines added?

sia route map

April and May 2020 represented absolute rock bottom for Singapore Airlines, with the carrier serving just 15 cities with 300-325 flights scheduled per month. June was initially set to be more of the same, but plans have now changed.

Singapore Airlines is adding the following destinations to its schedule from 8 June onwards:

  • Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Auckland (AKL)
  • Barcelona (BCN)
  • Brisbane (BNE)
  • Cebu (CEB- served by SilkAir)
  • Christchurch (CHC)
  • Copenhagen (CPH)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Medan (KNO- served by SilkAir)
  • Melbourne (MEL)
  • Osaka (KIX)

Don’t get too excited- this doesn’t mean more vacation options for us in Singapore. Rather, these destinations have likely been chosen because Singapore Airlines assesses them to have good potential for connecting passengers. Changi will reopen to transit passengers from 2 June, which allows Singapore Airlines to solicit for passengers looking to fly between Europe and the rest of Asia (and vice versa).

changi airport transit
Photo Credit: Changi Airport Group

I currently don’t see any connecting options available for sale on the Singapore Airlines website in June/July, but I assume that will change once transit plans are approved. Airlines are required to submit their proposals for transfer lanes through Changi Airport to CAAS, which intends to keep transit passengers sterile (in more ways than one.

What flights are operating in June and July?

Here’s the list of Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights that will operate in June and July 2020. Any flight not listed below is cancelled.

South East Asia

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Flight Number Route Operating Dates
SQ967 CGK-SIN

June 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29

July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31

SQ966 SIN-CGK

June 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29

July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31

MI233 KNO-SIN

June 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

July 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

MI234 SIN-KNO

June 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

July 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

SQ105 KUL-SIN

June 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29

July 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

MI323 KUL-SIN

June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

SQ104 SIN-KUL June 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17,
19, 22, 24, 26, 29

July 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

MI324 SIN-KUL

June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

MI559 CEB-SIN

June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

MI560 SIN-CEB

June 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

SQ917 MNL-SIN June  1, 5, 9, 12, 15, 19, 22,
26, 29

July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31

SQ910 SIN-MNL

June 9, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31

SQ979 BKK-SIN

June 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

July 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31

SQ976 SIN-BKK July 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31
SQ175 HAN-SIN

June 5, 12, 19, 26 

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

SQ177 SGN-SIN

June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25,  29

July 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30

North Asia

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Flight Number Route Operating Dates
MI971 CKG-SIN

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27

MI972 SIN-CKG

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27

SQ833 PVG-SIN

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27

SQ830 SIN-PVG

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27

SQ891 HKG-SIN June 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24,
25, 27

July 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30

SQ890 SIN-HKG June 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24,
25, 27

July 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30

SQ623 KIX-SIN

June 12, 19, 26

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

SQ622 SIN-KIX

June 12, 19, 26

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

SQ637 NRT-SIN

June 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28

July 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30

SQ638 SIN-NRT

June 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28

July 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30

SQ609 ICN-SIN June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20,
24, 27

July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

SQ600 SIN-ICN June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20,
24, 27

 July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

South West Pacific

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Flight Number Route Operating Dates
SQ278 ADL-SIN

June 9, 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

SQ279 SIN-ADL

June 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6 ,13, 20, 27

SQ288 BNE-SIN

June 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31

SQ288 SIN-SYD-BNE

June 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31

SQ218 MEL-SIN

June 9, 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

SQ238 MEL-SIN

June 13, 20, 27

July 4, 11, 18, 25 

SQ237 SIN-MEL

June 8, 15, 22, 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27

SQ217 SIN-MEL

June 12, 19, 26

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

SQ232 SYD-SIN

June 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30

July 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30

SQ288 SYD-BNE-SIN

June 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31

SQ211 SIN-SYD June 2, 5, 7
SQ231 SIN-SYD

June 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29

July 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29

SQ288 SIN-SYD

June 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31

SQ282 AKL-SIN

June 10, 17, 24

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

SQ286 AKL-SIN

June 13, 20, 27

July 4, 11, 18, 25

SQ 285 SIN-AKL

June 9, 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

SQ 281 SIN-AKL

June 12, 19, 26

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

SQ 298 CHC-SIN

June 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

SQ297 SIN-CHC

June 14, 21, 28

July 5, 12, 19, 26

Europe

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Flight Number Route Operating Dates
SQ351 CPH-SIN

June 20, 27

July 4, 11, 18, 25

SQ352 SIN-CPH

June 18, 25

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

SQ325 FRA-SIN June 1, 4, 6, 8
SQ25 FRA-SIN

June 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

July 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

SQ326 SIN-FRA June 3, 5, 7
SQ26 SIN-FRA

June 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

July 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30

SQ323 AMS-SIN

June 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

July  2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30

SQ324 SIN-AMS

June 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 

July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

SQ387 BCN-SIN

June 13, 20, 27

July 4, 11, 18, 25

SQ388 SIN-BCN

June 11, 18, 25

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

SQ345 ZRH-SIN

June 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

July 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

SQ317 SIN-ZRH

June 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28

July 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31

SQ317 LHR-SIN

June 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

July 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

SQ322 SIN-LHR

June 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

July 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30

USA

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Flight Number Route Operating Dates
SQ37 LAX-SIN

June 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29

July 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29

SQ38 SIN-LAX

June 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28

July 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31

What if my flight has been cancelled?

If your flight has been cancelled, you’re entitled to a 100% refund in cash, or a 100% refund in flight credits with a S$75-500 bonus.

This assumes your ticket has not been used at all. If the ticket is partially used, you’ll receive a pro-rated refund of the remainder (calculated at SIA’s discretion). You will not be entitled to bonus flight credits.

To make the point clear: flight cancellations initiated by Singapore Airlines/ SilkAir entitle you to a refund regardless of when your ticket was issued. This is stated in black and white in the FAQs on Singapore Airline’s website.

However, even if your flight has not been cancelled, you may still be entitled to a refund.

SIA refund eligibility chart
Click to enlarge

If your travel date is up to 31 July 2020, and your ticket was issued before 15 March 2020, you can request a refund and receive a 100% refund in cash, or in flight credits with a S$75-500 bonus. Tickets purchased from 16 March 2020 onwards are only entitled to free date changes.

For those of you with travel from 1 August 2020, sit tight. We can expect to hear news on August’s schedule by early July at the very latest.

Other important Covid-19 travel information for Singapore Airlines can be found here.

Conclusion

Transit passengers are an important segment for Singapore Airlines, and this revised schedule allows them to once again compete for this market. Global air traffic volumes may not be what they used to be, but based on historical preferences, we know a lot of ASEAN passengers opt for one-stop options with Singapore Airlines where available.

These latest schedule changes bring the total destinations served by the SIA group to 32 (26 from Singapore Airlines/SilkAir, six from Scoot).

Baby steps.

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

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