The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group will reinstate East Asia flights and increase services to other key destinations across its network in coming weeks, as border restrictions further ease across the region. This move allows SIA and Scoot to meet the increasing demand for international travel, particularly towards the year-end holiday season into the first quarter of 2023.
East Asia flights
JoAnn Tan, Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Marketing Planning says the airline is buoyed by the further easing of entry requirements in Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, China and they are seeing strong demand for air travel towards the year-end holiday season. The increase in services is a response to this pent-up demand. Full details on the new services, additional frequencies and other information are available for both SIA’s East Asia services and Scoot (including Indonesia).
From 30th October 2022, SIA is adding additional services to Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita Airports. These are in addition to the existing service from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo Narita. The reinstatement of SIA’s SQ618 service from Singapore to Osaka on 30th October 2022, brings services between Singapore and Osaka to twice daily. Service to Fukuoka will increase to three flights per week.
Scoot operates daily flights to Tokyo (Narita) and four-times weekly flights to Tokyo (Narita) via Taipei, along with five-times weekly flights to Osaka. From 30th October 2022, these flights all increase to daily services. Scoot will also add a seasonal four-times weekly non-stop flight to Sapporo, from 2nd November 2022 to 27th February 2023 and a three-times weekly flight to Sapporo via Taipei will take off on 1st November 2022.
From 30th October 2022, SIA adds a new daily service to Seoul bringing SIA’s operations to South Korea’s capital to three daily. At the same time Scoot will reinstate flight TR896 as a five-times weekly Singapore-Taipei-Seoul service. From 5th November 2022, Scoot flights to Jeju will increase to five-times weekly, up from the current three times-weekly service.
From 31st October 2022, flight SQ876 will be reinstated as a four-time weekly service to Taipei in addition to the current three-times weekly service to Taipei. Scoot’s stepped up services to Tokyo (Narita) and Sapporo via Taipei, and the reinstatement of the Singapore-Taipei-Seoul services, means the airline will operate 18 weekly flights to Taipei.
Hong Kong SAR
SIA are awaiting regulatory approvals before announcing increased their twice-daily services to Hong Kong SAR, to three-times daily. Scoot currently operates four-times weekly services to Hong Kong SAR. From 30 October 2022, this will be increased to daily services.
Regulatory approvals are also required for the planned SIA reinstatement of twice-weekly Beijing-Singapore services planned for 27th September 2022 and a weekly service to Chengdu from 11th October 2022. The approvals will also determine the resumption of services and increased frequencies to more points in mainland China.
Scoot resumed weekly flights into Fuzhou and increased the flight frequency to Nanjing to twice weekly on 26th September 2022 and weekly services to Hangzhou from 3rd October 2022. Weekly services to Zhengzhou from 12th October 2022, and a weekly service to Wuhan from 13th October 2022 are also planned. From 11th October 2022, the single Tianjin flight weekly will be increased to a twice-weekly service.
Scoot will also launch operations to Lombok and Makassar in Indonesia and resume services to Pekanbaru and Yogyakarta in October.
The SIA Group’s passenger network is projected to cover 110 destinations in 36 countries and territories including Singapore by 1st November 2022. The Group continues to monitor the demand for air travel and adjust its services accordingly.