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Singapore Airlines increases flights, but no new routes in August 2020

SIA and SilkAir ramp up some frequencies, but both stop short of adding any new routes in August 2020

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Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have extended their existing published passenger flight schedules through to the end of August 2020. Although there are no new routes this time round, there are increased frequencies to some of the 27 cities on the combined network. In some cases, operating days of the week will also shift despite no overall frequency change.

SIA has also revived the first daily connections since introducing its skeleton schedule in April 2020, with flights to and from London operating seven times weekly from 1st August 2020.

Services to and from Kuala Lumpur are also daily at a ‘group level’, with a mixture of Singapore Airlines (Mon, Wed, Fri) and SilkAir (Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun) flights, beginning next month.

This isn’t the sort of increase we saw announced for July 2020, with a 75% hike in flights and 12 new cities added to the network, however Paris became a late addition to the July schedule and frequencies are being stepped up to both the French capital and four other cities in August, which is a positive sign.

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In total SIA and SilkAir will fly 612 passenger flights in August 2020, a 19% increase on the 516 services being operated in July 2020.

“Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir have increased the frequency of selected services in their passenger network in July and August 2020. With this, the SIA Group airlines (SIA, SilkAir and Scoot) will operate approximately 6% and 7% of the original scheduled capacity in July and August 2020 respectively.

Singapore Airlines, 10 July 2020

We’re not sure what Singapore Airlines means exactly when it mentions “approximately 6% and 7% of the original scheduled capacity” in its statement, however we can show the total operation based on originally planned flight volumes for August 2020:

  • Singapore Airlines: 6.9% (93.1% reduction)
  • SilkAir: 1.7% (98.3% reduction)

Note that capacity in the aviation industry is typically measured by Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs), not by flight volumes as we have done here.

SIA’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot recently cut its July schedule by around a fifth to 102 passenger flights, to 1.8% of normal levels. The airline has yet to announce its August 2020 flight schedule.

Singapore Airlines flights

Singapore Airlines will operate 548 passenger flights during August 2020, the highest level since schedules were slashed in late March.

SQ Graph Jan-Aug
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Unfortunately due to the strict travel restrictions still in force around the world as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is still a far cry from anything close to normal, and certainly not the ‘V-shaped’ recovery predicted by some when the crisis first hit earlier this year.

Cities with increased service in August 2020:

  • Amsterdam (2/wk > 3/wk)
  • Frankfurt (3/wk > 5/wk)
  • London (5/wk > 7/wk)
  • Osaka (1/wk > 2/wk)
  • Paris (2/wk > 3/wk)

Here’s a map of the 17 Asia-Pacific destinations being served by Singapore Airlines in July and August 2020.

SQ Routemap JulAug APAC
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In addition, a single US destination and seven European cities are being served, with London marking the first return of a daily service in August 2020.

SQ Routemap JulAug US
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Singapore Airlines will be operating the following passenger flights to and from 25 cities during July and August 2020.

Increased frequencies are highlighted in yellow

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All flights not listed below are cancelled during this period, or will operate as cargo-only services.

Adelaide
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ ADL
SQ279
359R
ADL ➔ SIN
SQ278
359R
Amsterdam
(highlighted flights added in August)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ AMS
SQ324
359
AMS ➔ SIN
SQ323
359
Auckland
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ AKL
SQ281
    359
AKL ➔ SIN
SQ282
  359
SIN ➔ AKL
SQ285
359
AKL ➔ SIN
SQ286
359
Bangkok
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
BKK ➔ SIN
SQ979
787
Note: SQ976 SIN-BKK is a cargo-only service due to Thai government restrictions
Barcelona
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ BCN
SQ388
    359
BCN ➔ SIN
SQ387
359
Brisbane
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ BNE
via SYD
SQ288
359
BNE ➔ SIN
SQ288
359
Note: Singapore – Brisbane flights operate via Sydney as SQ288 (the previous Canberra flight number), then operating direct back to Singapore.
Christchurch
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CHC
SQ297
359
CHC ➔ SIN
SQ298

359
Copenhagen
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CPH
SQ352
359
CPH ➔ SIN
SQ351
359
Frankfurt
(until 31 Jul)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ FRA
SQ26
359
FRA ➔ SIN
SQ25
359
Frankfurt
(from 1 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ FRA
SQ26
359
FRA ➔ SIN
SQ25
359
Hanoi
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
HAN ➔ SIN
SQ175
359R
Note: Singapore – Hanoi flights operate as cargo-only. Passengers are carried solely on the return service.
Ho Chi Minh
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SGN ➔ SIN
SQ177
787
Note: Singapore – Ho Chi Minh flights operate as cargo-only. Passengers are carried solely on the return service.
Hong Kong
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ HKG
SQ890
787
HKG ➔ SIN
SQ891
787
Jakarta
(until 31 Jul)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CGK
SQ966
359
CGK ➔ SIN
SQ967
359
Jakarta
(from 1 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CGK
SQ966
359
CGK ➔ SIN
SQ967