Singapore Airlines adds more VTL flights from January 2022

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From 17 January 2022, SIA will add additional capacity on its VTL routes to Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Munich, New York, Paris and more.

Singapore Airlines has announced a significant expansion in VTL flight capacity to 12 cities in its VTL network, starting 17 January 2022. 

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, Seattle and Vancouver will see expansions, while Kuala Lumpur will be added to the VTL network from 29 November 2021 and Houston & Manchester from 19 January 2022. 

All in all it means more options for entering Singapore quarantine-free, and hopefully, easier award redemptions too.

SIA’s expanded VTL schedule

SIA VTL Flights

Singapore Airlines’ full list of VTL flights can be found on its dedicated VTL landing page. The following destinations are seeing additional services added from January 2022. 

Amsterdam

SQ329 is currently operating 4X weekly as the designated VTL flight from Amsterdam to Singapore.

From 17 January 2022, SQ323 will operate 3X weekly as an additional designated VTL flight from Amsterdam to Singapore. 

17 January 2022 – 27 March 2022
SQ329 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:25am – 5:55am (+1)
SQ323 Monday, Wednesday, Sunday 10:25am – 5:55am (+1)

Barcelona & Milan

SQ379 is currently operating 3X weekly as the designated VTL flight from Barcelona and Milan to Singapore. SQ355 will also operate as a designated VTL flight from Milan to Singapore from 7 to 21 December 2021.

From 19 January 2022, SQ377 will operate 2X weekly as an additional designated VTL flight from Barcelona and Milan to Singapore.

19 January 2022 – 25 March 2022
SQ379 Barcelona – Milan Monday, Thursday, Sunday 9:50am – 11:30am
SQ379 Milan – Singapore Monday, Thursday, Sunday 12:40pm – 7:35am (+1)
SQ377 Barcelona – Milan Wednesday, Friday 9:50am – 11:30am
SQ377 Milan – Singapore Wednesday, Friday 12:40pm – 7:35am (+1)

Houston & Manchester

Back in October, I wrote about how Singapore Airlines was planning to restore service to Houston via Manchester, but not as a VTL service. Passengers entering Singapore from Houston or Manchester would still be required to serve a 7-day SHN under existing Category II rules.

It seems Singapore Airlines has decided that the demand warrants a VTL designation, at least from 19 January 2022 when SQ51 becomes a 3X weekly VTL service.

19 January 2022 – 26 March 2022
SQ51 Houston – Manchester Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 6:50pm – 9:30am (+1)
SQ51 Manchester –Singapore Monday, Thursday, Saturday 11:00am – 7:55am (+1)

Kuala Lumpur

Starting 29 November 2021, SQ107 will operate daily and SQ121 will operate three-times weekly as the designated VTL flights from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

SQ108 will operate daily and SQ122 will operate three-times weekly as the designated VTL flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore – Kuala Lumpur
29 November 2021 – 26 March 2022
SQ108 Daily 8:30am – 9:30am
SQ122 Thursday, Friday, Sunday 5:30pm – 6:40pm
Kuala Lumpur – Singapore
29 November 2021 – 26 March 2022
SQ107 Daily 10:25am – 11:35am
SQ121 Thursday, Friday, Sunday 7:30pm – 8:35pm

This marks the first time the VTL concept is being applied to a flight from Singapore (even with the current South Korea VTL, travellers are free to take any non-stop flight from Singapore to Seoul). 

London

SQ317 is operating daily as the designated VTL flight from London to Singapore. SQ321 will also operate four-times weekly as a designated VTL flight from London to Singapore from 9 to 22 December 2021.

From 17 January 2022, SQ319 will operate daily as an additional designated VTL flight
from London to Singapore.

17 January 2022 – 26 March 2022
SQ317 Daily 10:55am – 7:50am (+1)
SQ319 Daily 8:35pm – 5:30pm (+1)

Munich

SQ331 is operating thrice-weekly flights as the designated VTL flight from Munich to Singapore.

From 17 January 2022, SQ331 will be increased to five-times weekly flights from Munich to Singapore.

17 January 2022 – 27 March 2022
SQ331 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 1:15pm – 7:55am (+1)
SQ331 Thursday, Sunday 12:20pm – 7:00am (+1)

New York & Frankfurt

SQ23 and SQ325 are operating daily as the designated VTL flights from New York and Frankfurt respectively to Singapore. 

Starting 17 January 2022, SQ25 will be operated daily as an additional designated VTL flight from New York (JFK) and Frankfurt to Singapore.

18 January 2022 – 27 March 2022
SQ325 Daily 9:55pm – 5:15pm (+1)
SQ25 Daily 11:40am – 6:50am (+1)

Paris

SQ337 is operating as the designated VTL flight from Paris to Singapore. SQ333 will also operate as a designated VTL flight from Paris to Singapore from 11 to 21 December 2021.

From 18 January 2022, SQ335 will operate three-times weekly as an additional designated VTL flight from Paris to Singapore.

18 January 2022 – 26 March 2022
SQ337 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 10:40am – 6:15am (+1)
SQ335 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10:40am – 6:15am (+1)

Rome & Copenhagen

SQ353 is operating twice weekly as the designated VTL flight from Rome and Copenhagen to Singapore.

From 19 January 2022, SQ351 will operate two-times weekly as an additional designated VTL flight from Rome and Copenhagen to Singapore. From 2 February 2022, SQ351 will be increased to three-times weekly flights from Rome and Copenhagen to Singapore.

19 January 2022 – 29 January 2022
SQ353 Rome – Copenhagen Monday, Thursday 8:40am – 11:10am
SQ353 Copenhagen – Singapore Monday, Thursday 12:30pm – 7:30am (+1)
SQ351 Rome – Copenhagen Wednesday, Saturday 8:40am – 11:10am
SQ351 Copenhagen – Singapore Wednesday, Saturday 12:30pm – 7:30am (+1)
2 February 2022 – 26 March 2022
SQ353 Rome – Copenhagen Monday, Thursday 8:40am – 11:10am
SQ353 Copenhagen – Singapore Monday, Thursday 12:30pm – 7:30am (+1)
SQ351 Rome – Copenhagen Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8:40am – 11:10am
SQ351 Copenhagen – Singapore Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 12:30pm – 7:30am (+1)

Seattle & Vancouver

In October, Singapore Airlines announced a return to Canada after a 12 year absence, with service to Vancouver (and onwards to Seattle). This was originally intended to be a seasonal route that ended on 15 February 2022, but a decision was made to further extend the route till 26 March 2022.

From 18 January 2022, Singapore Airline will add an additional service to this route with SQ27, operating 2X weekly from Seattle and Vancouver to Singapore.

18 January 2022 – 25 March 2022
SQ29 Seattle – Vancouver Thursday, Saturday 11:00am – 11:45am
SQ29 Vancouver – Singapore Thursday, Saturday 1:15pm – 10:05pm (+1)
SQ27 Seattle – Vancouver Tuesday, Friday 11:00am – 11:45am
SQ27 Vancouver – Singapore Tuesday, Friday 1:15pm – 10:05pm (+1)

How are existing bookings handled?

Customers who already have bookings on direct flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (and vice versa) from 29 November 2021 onwards will be automatically re-booked onto designated VTL flights, provided these bookings were made directly with Singapore Airlines. In other words, you will not be automatically rebooked if you booked through an OTA like Trip.com or Expedia.

SIA customers with existing bookings on other routes will be notified if their flight is designated as a VTL flight. If they do not meet the VTL requirements, they may opt to rebook their flights or request for a fee-free refund. 

If you were holding on to some speculative award bookings on a flight that’s now been designated into a VTL, you really can’t lose. If you plan to take that flight, congrats, it’s now a VTL service. If you can’t take that flight because of work or other commitments, you have an excuse to get it cancelled for free on the grounds that it’s been redesignated. 

Conclusion

More VTL flights, more options for entering Singapore quarantine-free

While it won’t help those heading overseas for the December holidays, those planning to travel in January or Chinese New Year now have additional options for flying back to Singapore quarantine free.

The additional capacity should hopefully mean additional award seats in the Saver category, though I haven’t taken a close look at that situation yet. 

I was hoping for some additional capacity to Melbourne for the Australian open, but I suspect that’s not within SIA’s control at this point, and is more of a political decision to be made depending on how the Australia VTL goes. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Jay

I wonder if the A380s will fly to the London and Paris by Jan/Feb.

D K

Hi does anyone know if flights are running full capacity and if there’s any “social distancing” on flight? Are economy class passengers still packed like sardines? Doesn’t make sense to make people wear mask while packing them closely together for hours.

Last edited 18 days ago by D K
bluepanda

Precisely the logic. Wear mask can put them closer.

D K

Wearing mask (surgical/n95) is not the same as wearing PPE/space suit – it’s not impervious against the virus. Hence – still illogical.

nicholas

if you wear a good surgical mask , your respiratory fluid will be restricted to yourself . Hence its safer to have another person sit next to you . in addition pre departure pcr test ensure negative covid passengers on board .

David

To your actual question, at least flights from Germany are even over booked. Meaning every last seat is taken, so back to sardines life. But at least everyone is vaccinated and tested. So change of getting infected is low

SSS

If you’re worried about this, fly First. And if that’s still not socially distanced enough, get a private jet!

David

Love it!

blackwhitepanda

When do you think Singapore will open VTL with New Zealand? So far Australia has opened up to us but till date, still no news from the kiwis

Alan L

Would definitely appreciate ppl’s help / expertise on this. Return SPR from Cat 1 country (US/Canada). Can’t find VTL flights on SQ coming back to Singapore (need to be back before Jan 17th) so am tentatively booked on an SQ non VTL flight (JFK to SIN via FRA). From the requirements, my family who are all travelling with us would need to stay in our self sourced residence until the negative test result comes out from the arrival test at Changi airport? Is that the only difference between VTL and non-VTL flight? Usually PCR test result from airport is provided… Read more »

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