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Which airlines are flying out of Changi in July 2020?

With 50% more passenger flights at Changi in June 2020 compared to the previous month, there continue to be gradual increases planned for July

EK B77W Runway (Emirates)

With passenger traffic at an all-time low, Singapore Changi Airport unexpectedly reported its worst month in history in May 2020, with only 24,500 passengers. That’s around 790 per day, the same number the facility would normally process through its four terminals, on average, every 7 minutes.

The good news is that June statistics should show some positive trends, with over 50% more passenger flight departures in the last week of this month compared to the final week in May 2020, and 25 airlines currently operating, up from 14 a month ago.

There have also been unexpected returns for airlines like Emirates and Etihad, who both restarted passenger flights from the airport in mid-June.

As the airport gradually scales up from its poorest two months ever in terms of passenger traffic, we take a look at who’s flying where in July 2020.

Singapore carriers

First of all, here’s the schedule for our four ‘home’ airlines next month.

Jetstar

Jetstar Asia has been operating limited passenger services to and from Bangkok, Manila and Kuala Lumpur since 21st April 2020 (having been completely grounded from 23rd March to 20th April).

These flights continue through the end of July 2020, with the remainder of the airline’s services cancelled until at least 1st August 2020.

  • Bangkok (2/wk)*
  • Kuala Lumpur (2/wk)
  • Manila (1/wk)

* Singapore – Bangkok flights are cargo-only due to Thai government restrictions.

That’s a total of 3 passenger departures per week from Changi.

Jetstar_Airways Jetstar Asia
Changi Departures
Now
3/wk
Jul
3/wk
3K A320 (Alec Wilson)
Jetstar Asia is operating 5 flights per week from Changi, 3 of which are carrying passengers. (Photo: Alec Wilson)

SilkAir

SilkAir had been operating a sole weekly flight from Singapore to Chongqing in China during April and May 2020, however the airline picked up some extra services in the latest increase announced by Singapore Airlines.

MI 738 (Anna Zvereva)
A SilkAir Boeing 737-800. (Photo Anna Zvereva)

The airline is currently flying to:

  • Chongqing (1/wk)
  • Kuala Lumpur (2/wk)
  • Medan (2/wk)

In July 2020 an additional twice weekly service will be added to Cebu. This was due to start at the end of June but no services have actually operated yet.

SilkAir SilkAir
Changi Departures
Now
5/wk
Jul
7/wk

Scoot

Scoot recently announced an expanded schedule of passenger flights for July 2020, with 15 weekly departures from Changi to six cities:

  • Guangzhou (1/wk)
  • Hong Kong (3/wk)
  • Ipoh (2/wk)
  • Kuching (2/wk)
  • Penang (2/wk)
  • Perth (3/wk)
  • Surabaya (1/wk)
  • Taipei (1/wk)
Scoot Scoot
Changi Departures
Now
10/wk
Jul
15/wk

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines expanded its schedule from the week commencing 8th June 2020 and therefore is currently flying 48 passenger departures per week from Changi, rather than the 31 per week we first reported for this month.

The expanded schedule continues for July 2020, with one additional weekly Auckland flight for a total of 49 weekly passenger departures from Singapore.

Here is the Singapore Airlines network for July 2020:

  • Adelaide
  • Amsterdam
  • Auckland
  • Bangkok*
  • Barcelona
  • Brisbane
  • Christchurch
  • Copenhagen
  • Frankfurt
  • Hanoi*
  • Ho Chi Minh*
  • Hong Kong
  • Jakarta
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Manila
  • Melbourne
  • Osaka
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Zurich

* Cargo-only from Singapore due to government restrictions. Passengers carried to Singapore only.

Singapore_Airlines Singapore Airlines
Changi Departures
Now
48/wk
Jul
49/wk

Additionally, the airline is flying cargo-only services to several cities, including to Bangkok, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh with passengers carried on inbound sectors back to Singapore in those three cases.

Overseas carriers

Important Note: This schedule data is correct at the time of writing (26-28 June 2020) and will not be updated with subsequent changes. Always check with your operating airline for the latest schedule.

Air China

Air China has been operating a once weekly (Monday) service from Singapore to Chengdu using the Airbus A330 since 11th May. This service continues in July.

Air_China Air China
Changi Departures
Now
1/wk
Jul
1/wk

The airline is provisionally re-adding daily Singapore – Beijing flights from 1st August 2020.

Air France

This month Air France operated a once weekly (Wednesday) passenger service from Changi to Paris, using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

From the second week in July 2020, daily operation was proposed, however the airline has added only a second weekly flight instead. Daily service is now pushed back to September 2020.

Air_France Air France
Changi Departures
Now
1/wk
Jul
(fm 6th)
2/wk

Air France has also been operating some cargo-only services on this route.

Air Niugini

Air Niugini has been operating from Changi to Port Moresby four times weekly during June 2020 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This schedule continues during July 2020.

Air_Niugini Air Niugini
Changi Departures
Now
4/wk
Jul
4/wk

Air Asia Group

Air Asia was planning an ambitious restart of operations at Changi Airport in June 2020, however service resumption was postposed.

In the latest schedules, services are now planned to restart on 16th July to:

  • Bangkok DMK (7/wk)
  • Kota Kinabalu (4/wk)
  • Kuala Lumpur (35/wk)
  • Penang (14/wk)

Air Asia is operating from Terminal 1 when it restarts operations at Changi, following the temporary closure of Terminal 4 in May 2020.

AirAsia Air Asia
Changi Departures
Now
None
Jul
(fm 16th)
58/wk

ANA

ANA has been flying three times weekly service to Tokyo Narita during June 2020 – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

NH 773 Pushback (Kentaro Iemoto)
ANA is one of the few airlines to have never stopped serving Changi during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo: Kentaro Iemoto)

Despite provisionally scheduling its regular full schedule (three times daily / 21 times weekly) from 1st July 2020, the reduced three times weekly service will continue through July 2020.

All_Nippon_Air ANA
Changi Departures
Now
3/wk
Jul
3/wk

Full schedule now resumes from 1st August 2020, subject to further adjustment.

Asiana

Asiana restarted passenger flights from Changi on 19th June 2020 twice per week on Fridays and Sundays, using the Airbus A350.

These services will continue through July.

Asiana_Airlines Asiana
Changi Departures
Now
2/wk
Jul
2/wk

British Airways

British Airways has been operating out of Changi to London on alternate days in June 2020. This schedule continues in July 2020.

British_Airways British Airways
Changi Departures
Now
3-4/wk
Jul
3-4/wk

Services from Singapore to Sydney ended on 8th April 2020 and are not scheduled to restart until 2nd August 2020 at this stage, though that provisional date continues to slip.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is now operating from Terminal 1 at Changi, and is currently flying 3 times weekly to Hong Kong.

Daily operation was initially proposed from 21st June 2020, however this has been suspended until 21st July 2020.

Cathay_Pacific Cathay Pacific
Changi Departures
Now
3/wk
Jul
(fm 21st)
7/wk

Cathay’s daily flight from Singapore to Bangkok is currently suspended until at least 1st August 2020.

We recently did a full analysis of Cathay Pacific’s proposed schedule ramp up in July, which outlines where else the airline is starting to fly passenger services again, including New York and Amsterdam.

China Airlines

China Airlines has been flying daily Airbus A330 services from Changi to Taipei in June, however these are cargo-only flights with the exception of Sunday services, which also carry passengers.

Passenger service increases to twice weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) from 15th July 2020.

China_Airlines China Airlines
Changi Departures
Now
1/wk
Jul
(fm 15th)

2/wk

China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines has been flying once weekly (Tuesday) Boeing 787 services from Changi to Guangzhou in June 2020. This schedule continues for July 2020.

China_Southern_Airlines China Southern Airlines
Changi Departures
Now
1/wk
Jul
1/wk

Emirates

Emirates was not planning a return to Changi until July 2020, however the easing of transit passenger restrictions through its Dubai hub led the carrier to restart flights earlier, three times weekly from 18th June 2020.

Service increases to eight times weekly in the first two weeks of July 2020, then twice daily from 15th July 2020.

Emirates_Airlines Emirates
Changi Departures
Now
3/wk
Jul
(to 14th)

8/wk
(fm 15th)
14/wk

The airline is currently flying its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on all flights to and from Changi until the end of July 2020, featuring its brand new First Class Suites.

Etihad Airways

Etihad originally intended to restart operations at Changi on 1st July 2020, but like Emirates in fact commenced services in mid-June after the United Arab Emirates lifted its restriction on transit passengers.

Four times weekly Boeing 777-300ER service is now in operation on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Operation continues at the same frequency in July 2020 with a Tuesday service replacing the Wednesday one, using smaller Boeing 787-9s on all flights, with no First Class cabin fitted.

Etihad_Airways Etihad Airways
Changi Departures
Now
4/wk
Jul
4/wk
EY B787 (Marvin Mutz)
Etihad is back at Changi, and will use the Boeing 787 in July 2020. (Photo: Marvin Mutz)

EVA Air

EVA Air has been operating once weekly (Sunday) service to Taipei in June 2020, using a Boeing 777-300ER.

This doubles to twice weekly passenger operation in July 2020, on Tuesdays and Sundays.

EVA_AIR EVA Air
Changi Departures
Now
1/wk
Jul
2/wk

Garuda Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia proposed daily Singapore – Jakarta flights in July 2020, but in fact stuck with its original 5 times weekly services. Aircraft use has shifted between Boeing 737-800s, Airbus A330s and even ATR turboprops.

Five times weekly Jakarta service continues in July 2020.

The airline’s Bali and Surabaya flights from Singapore continue to be suspended.

Garuda_Indonesia Garuda Indonesia
Changi Departures
Now
5/wk
Jul
5/wk

Japan Airlines

JAL has been flying from Singapore to Tokyo twice per week on average during June 2020. This schedule continues in July 2020 on Wednesdays and Saturdays, using Boeing 777 aircraft.

Japan_Airlines Japan Airlines
Changi Departures
Now
2/wk
Jul
2/wk

Juneyao Airlines

Juneyao restarted once weekly Boeing 787-9 service each Friday to Shanghai in June 2020, and plans to increase this to twice weekly in July 2020, with flights on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Juneyao_Airlines Juneyao Airlines
Changi Departures
Now
1/wk
Jul
2/wk
Juneyao 787 J (Juneyao Airlines)
Juneyao is planning twice weekly Boeing 787 service from Singapore to Shanghai in July

Services are temporarily operating from Terminal 1 (previously, Juneyao used T4).

KLM

Since 13th May 2020, KLM has increased its Singapore – Amsterdam flight from a reduced schedule of 3 times weekly back to daily operation, however it also downgauged services from the Boeing 777-300ER to the Boeing 787-9 since 19th May 2020, meaning 28% fewer seats.

From 16th June 2020 however, KLM returned to Boeing 777 operation on the route, mostly using its -300ERs with occasional -200 service.

The airline is not currently extending its daily flight between Singapore and Bali, which ended on 23rd March.

KLM KLM
Changi Departures
Now
7/wk
Jul
7/wk

Korean Air

Korean Air has been operating once weekly passenger flights from Changi to Seoul during June 2020. This doubles to twice weekly in July 2020 each Wednesday and Friday, using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Korean_Air Korean Air
Changi Departures
Now
1/wk
Jul
2/wk

Korean Air is temporarily operating out of Terminal 3, having previously been in T4.

Malindo Air

Malindo stopped flying its Kuala Lumpur flights from Changi in early February 2020.

Service reintroduction was planned for 13th June but has been pushed back again, with the airline now scheduling daily services from 16th July 2020.

Batik_Air Malindo Air
Changi Departures
Now
None
Jul
(fm 16th)

7/wk

 Myanmar Airways International

MAI suspended its daily Singapore – Yangon flight on 30th March 2020. Service was set to be reinstated from 17th June 2020, however this has been pushed back further to 16th July 2020.

Myanmar_Airways_International MAI
Changi Departures
Now
None
Jul
(fm 16th)

7/wk

Philippine Airlines

PAL proposed three times weekly services to Manila in June 2020, but in fact continued to operate some ad-hoc services on occasional dates, equivalent to around two flights per week.

From July 2020 the airline is planning four times weekly services to Manila on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Philippines_Airlines Philippine Airlines
Changi Departures
Now
2/wk
Jul
4/wk

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is continuing to operate a single daily service from Singapore to Doha in July 2020, using Qsuite-equipped Airbus A350 aircraft.

Qatar_Airways Qatar Airways
Changi Departures
Now
7/wk
Jul
7/wk

Qatar Airways is one of the few airlines still providing full onboard service despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with crew continuing to provide the regular food and beverage selection while wearing full body PPE.

QR Cabin Crew Covid (Qatar Airways)
Mostly normal service continues on Qatar Airways flights. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

The only difference you’ll notice in Business Class is that your meal will be served on a tray, with cutlery and utensils in a sealed pack.

Royal Brunei Airlines

RBA has been continuing to serve its Singapore – Brunei route twice per week on Wednesdays and Fridays during May and June 2020, with Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

This schedule continues during July 2020, on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead.

Royal_Brunei Royal Brunei
Changi Departures
Now
2/wk
Jul
2/wk

Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss has been operating twice weekly Boeing 777-300ER flights from Changi to Zurich in June 2020 on Mondays and Wednesdays.

This schedule lifts to three times weekly in the first two weeks of July, then daily from mid-July.

Swissair Swiss Int’l
Changi Departures
Now
2/wk
Jul
(to 14th)
3/wk
(fm 15th)
7/wk
LX 77W (Lukas von Daeniken)
Swiss returned to Changi twice per week in June 2020. (Photo: Lukas von Daeniken)

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines downgraded its daily Istanbul flight from the Boeing 777-300ER to the Boeing 787-9 from 2nd March 2020, but then ceased operating the route on 21st March 2020.

The airline provisionally planned to restart services to and from Changi from 10th June 2020, but has postponed this to 18th July 2020. Twice weekly flights will then operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays using Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Turkish_Airlines Turkish Airlines
Changi Departures
Now
None
Jul
(fm 18th)

2/wk

United Airlines

United Airlines suspended passenger flights at Changi Airport on 25th March 2020. The airline is resuming its San Francisco service on 8th July 2020, operating via Hong Kong five times per week using Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Passengers can also book Singapore – Hong Kong tickets on this service, as the airline has fifth freedom traffic rights.

United_Airlines_New United Airlines
Changi Departures
Now
None
Jul
(fm 8th)

5/wk

US-Bangla Airlines

US-Bangla Airlines suspended Singapore – Dhaka flights on 22nd March 2020, however the carrier is re-launching service four times weekly on 3rd July 2020 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

US-Bangla US-Bangla
Changi Departures
Now
None
Jul
4/wk

A similar proposal was established for June 2020, however it did not materialise.

Vistara

Vistara suspended its flights from Singapore on 21st March. The airline planned daily services to Delhi and Mumbai from 9th June, however this has been postponed until 17th July.

Vistara_Airlines Vistara
Changi Departures
Now
None
Jul
(fm 17th)

14/wk

This is subject to lifting of India’s international flights ban. At the time of writing this had been extended until 15th July 2020.

Totals

If all of these service changes recorded at the time of writing do indeed transpire at Changi in July 2020, here’s how the weekly passenger flight departure totals will look over the coming weeks.

  • Currently: 122/wk
  • Jul week 1: 145/wk
  • Jul week 2: 151/wk
  • Jul week 3: 250/wk
  • Jul week 4: 254/wk

Of course this doesn’t come close to the nearly 3,600 weekly passenger departures from Changi, based on July 2019 data, however it is a step in the right direction.

Changi Pax Departures Jul
(click to enlarge)

A word of caution

Not all of these planned flights and frequency increases will actually happen. Many are in anticipation of lockdown rules and travel restrictions easing, so we expect some airlines to push back their plans even further into August and potentially beyond that.

A large chunk of the increase in the second half of the month, for example, comes from a significant ramp up by Air Asia to 58 weekly passenger departures. A similar plan was forged by the airline group in June but it was pushed into July and could easily be postponed again.

Last month for example we were reporting 211 weekly departures by the end of June 2020 if the published schedules at the end of May were flown, in fact only 122 of those transpired.

Some airlines cancel their flights a little more proactively with many weeks’ notice, others are happy to sell you tickets on flights ‘leaving’ in a fortnight or less, and then suddenly push back their plans by a month!

Remember this ‘snapshot’ schedule data is correct at the time of writing (26-28 June 2020) and unfortunately we don’t have time to make continual changes so it will not be updated. Always check with your operating airline for the latest schedule.

Airlines not operating at Changi in July

The following airlines are not currently operating passenger services at Changi and have no such flights planned for the month of July 2020.

We have also indicated the provisional planned service resumption date where known, though do remember this is subject to change depending on any shift in travel restrictions.

Airline Planned restart Airline Planned restart
Air India TBC IndiGo 1 Aug 2020
Air India Express TBC Jeju Air 2 Aug 2020
Air Mauritius 1 Oct 2020 Lion Air TBC
Air New Zealand 1 Sep 2020 LOT Polish 2 Sep 2020
Air Timor TBC Lufthansa 2 Aug 2020
Bangkok Airways TBC Myanmar National 2 Aug 2020
Batik Air TBC Qantas TBC
Biman Bangladesh 2 Aug 2020 Regent Airways TBC
Cebu Pacific 1 Jan 2021 Saudia 2 Sep 2020
China Eastern 25 Oct 2020 Shenzhen Airlines 25 Oct 2020
Chongqing Airlines TBC Sichuan Airlines TBC
Druk Air TBC Spring Airlines TBC
Ethiopian Airlines 2 Aug 2020 SriLankan Airlines 1 Aug 2020
Fiji Airways 1 Aug 2020
Thai Airways 2 Aug 2020
Finnair 1 Aug 2020 Thai Lion Air 1 Oct 2020
GX Airlines TBC VietJet Air 16 Sep 2020
Hainan Airlines TBC Vietnam Airlines 1 Aug 2020
Hebei Airlines TBC Xiamen Air 25 Oct 2020

Summary

Global travel restrictions remain in force across the world and those are clearly hampering any quick recovery from the minimal passenger traffic levels we saw at Changi Airport in April and May 2020.

The good news is airlines are starting to return and schedules are slowly increasing. This is further assisted by SIA Group transit passenger approval through the airport since 11th June 2020, with additional ‘valid cities’ added in the last week or so.

Changi T3 Display
No full departure boards yet, but Changi Airport is gradually coming back to life

Even if all these flights do materialise by the end of July 2020, they still represent only around 7% of usual passenger departures, so there remains a long way to go once travel restrictions are eased.

There are still 36 regular airlines not planning any return to Singapore until at least 1st August 2020, and in many cases even later in the year or with no firm date for restarting services at this stage.

Bottom line: Remember this is a ‘snapshot’ schedule as loaded in GDS and airline reservation systems at the time of writing (26-28 June 2020). We unfortunately don’t have time to keep the listing actively updated, so please check with your operating airline for the latest schedule.

(Cover Photo: Emirates)

4 comments

    1. Haven’t taken a look at that. For SIA it’s fairly well spread through the week. For Scoot it seems more focused on weekends Fri-Sun so far.

  1. Sadly, Qantas doesn’t plan on resuming its international flying programme (with the exception of New Zealand) until July 2021.

    1. China Eastern operates a weekly flt on every Thurs. So CA on Mon, CZ on Tues, MF on Wed and MU on Thursday till the China Gov says otherwise, it will be still a weekly flts for Chinese carriers

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