SIA expects passenger capacity to reach 81% of pre-pandemic levels by end of 2022

SIA to add more international flights by December 2022

Singapore Airlines is set to operate more flights bound to India and Japan in the coming months due to more demand for air travel. Starting on 24 July, SIA will operate daily services to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (SQ634) and Narita Airport (SQ638).

“Together with the daily SQ12 service from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo (Narita), SIA will operate three daily services into Japan’s capital, up from 14 flights per week,” stated the airline.

By 30 October, the daily service to Haneda Airport (SQ636) will also be brought back. This will bring the number of SIA flights to Tokyo to 28 per week. A second daily flight to Osaka will also be added, and flights to Fukuoka will increase to three per week.

“With the thrice-weekly service to Nagoya, SIA will operate 62 percent of its pre-COVID operating capacity to Japan by Oct 30, 2022,” said SIA.

SIA to add more international flights by December 2022

The move to increase flights to Japan came after the country finally reopened its borders to foreign tourists in June, including Singaporeans. However, tourists must join package tours and be chaperoned during their stay in Japan. 

 “Japan is a key market for the SIA Group, and we will work closely with our partners to meet the demand for air travel as entry requirements gradually ease. Robust demand for travel to and from India, to points across the Group network, support an increase in our services in this important market,” shared Jo-Ann Tan, SIA Senior Vice President for Marketing Planning.

Meanwhile, flights bound to Chennai, India will operate 17 times per week starting in September. Flights to Bengaluru will increase to 16 times per week, and services to Kochi will be set to 14 times weekly. This is almost SIA’s pre-pandemic capacity to India. 

By 30 November, the airline will also offer daily flights to Los Angeles (SQ36), and by December, they will also increase the number of flights to Paris to five times weekly to complement their daily service to the French city. Singapore International Airlines will also continue its thrice-weekly direct service to Vancouver. 

By May this year, the airline hit 61% pre-pandemic level capacity. It served over 1.7 million passengers, which marks a 14-fold increase compared to a year ago. 

According to SIA, they are expecting passenger capacity to reach 81% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year.  

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