Singapore Airlines to make capacity adjustments
16 December 2009 - Singapore Airlines is to make changes to its route network in the coming months that will include frequency increases on several routes. The changes will also include the suspension of operations to Pakistan as well as Nanjing in China.
Changes will begin to be seen from this month, when Singapore-Moscow-Houston flight frequency will increase to five per week from four, effective 18 December.
From 19 January 2010, non-stop Singapore-Newark flights will return to daily operations from the current five-times-weekly.
As already announced, Munich will be a new destination in the SIA network from the start of the northern summer schedule late in March 2010. Flights will operate five times per week on a Singapore-Munich-Manchester routing. Manchester services will be increased to five-times-weekly from thrice-weekly as a result.
Also from the start of the summer season in 2010, Colombo and Dhaka will each be served daily, up from five flights per week.
Frequency to Mumbai and Delhi will meanwhile be increased from March and June 2010, respectively. Flights will be operated twice-daily to both Indian cities, up from the existing 11-times-weekly.
Services to Seoul will also increase from June 2010, to 18-times-weekly from 14-times-weekly. One of the daily flights carries on to San Francisco.
In addition, as previously announced SIA will begin serving Tokyo Haneda airport with two daily flights from the end of October 2010, complementing the existing twice-daily flights to Tokyo Narita, one of which continues on to Los Angeles.
The difficult decision has meanwhile been taken to suspend twice-weekly operations to Pakistan and Nanjing. The last Singapore-Karachi-Lahore service will be operated on 17 February 2010 while the last Singapore-Nanjing service will be operated on 26 March 2010. These suspensions are regrettable but are necessary as a result of the performance of the two routes. SIA will be assisting affected customers in making alternative travel arrangements.
Frequency will also be reduced in other areas of the network. From January 2010, Ho Chi Minh City will be served 14 times per week instead of 18 times while Kuala Lumpur will be served 17 times per week rather than 24. However overall SIA Group flight frequency on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route will remain unchanged at 54 per week as SilkAir will be taking over the operation of one of SIA’s daily services.
Positive signs of a recovery in demand continue to be seen but operating conditions remain challenging and yields in particular remain under pressure. SIA will continue to carefully match capacity to demand across the network and customers will be informed at the earliest opportunity where changes are made.
For further details, please refer to the table below:
|Singapore to||Current Frequency(Per Week)||Scheduled Frequency(Per Week)||Effective from|
|Increases in Frequencies|
|Moscow-Houston||4||5||18 December 2009|
|Newark (non-stop)||5||7||19 January 2010|
|Munich||0||5||28 March 2010|
|Manchester||3||5||28 March 2010|
|Dhaka||5||7||29 March 2010|
|Mumbai||11||14||30 March 2010|
|Colombo||5||7||30 March 2010|
|Seoul||14||18||1 June 2010|
|Delhi||11||14||2 June 2010|
|Tokyo (Haneda)||0||14||31 October 2010|
|Decreases in Frequencies|
|Kuala Lumpur||24||17||1 January 2010|
|Ho Chi Minh City||18||14||4 January 2010|
|Karachi-Lahore||2||0||20 February 2010 (last flight on 17 Feb)|
|Nanjing||2||0||30 March 2010 (last flight on 26 March)|