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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.

  Headline figures

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
(click to enlarge)

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
(click to enlarge)

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
(click to enlarge)

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
359
Kuala Lumpur
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KUL
SQ104
359
KUL ➔ SIN
SQ105
359
London
(highlighted flights added in August)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ LHR
SQ322
359
LHR ➔ SIN
SQ317
359
Los Angeles
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ LAX
SQ38
359
LAX ➔ SIN
SQ37
359
Manila
(until 31 Jul)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ MNL
SQ910
359R
MNL ➔ SIN
SQ917
359R
Manila
(from 1 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ MNL
SQ910
359R
MNL ➔ SIN
SQ917
359R
Melbourne
(until 31 Jul)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ MEL
SQ217
359
MEL ➔ SIN
SQ218
359
SIN ➔ MEL
SQ237
359
MEL ➔ SIN
SQ238
359
Melbourne
(from 1 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ MEL
SQ217
359
MEL ➔ SIN
SQ218
359
SIN ➔ MEL
SQ237
359
MEL ➔ SIN
SQ238
359
Osaka
(highlighted flights added in August)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KIX
SQ622
787
KIX ➔ SIN
SQ623
787
Paris
(highlighted flights added in August)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CDG
SQ336
359
CDG ➔ SIN
SQ335
359
Shanghai
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PVG
SQ830
787
PVG ➔ SIN
SQ833
787
Seoul
(until 31 Jul)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ ICN
SQ600
359R
ICN ➔ SIN
SQ609
359R
Seoul
(from 1 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ ICN
SQ600
359R
ICN ➔ SIN
SQ609
359R
Sydney
(until 31 Jul)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ SYD
SQ231
359
SYD ➔ SIN
SQ232
359
SIN ➔ SYD
SQ288
359
SYD ➔ SIN
via BNE
SQ288
359
Note: SQ288 Sydney to Singapore flights (the old Canberra flight number) operate via Brisbane on the journey back to Singapore.
Sydney
(from 1 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ SYD
SQ231
359
SYD ➔ SIN
SQ232
359
SIN ➔ SYD
SQ288
359
SYD ➔ SIN
via BNE
SQ288
359
Note: SQ288 Sydney to Singapore flights (the old Canberra flight number) operate via Brisbane on the journey back to Singapore.
Tokyo
(until 31 Jul)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ NRT
SQ638
787
NRT ➔ SIN
SQ637
787
Tokyo
(from 1 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ NRT
SQ638
787
NRT ➔ SIN
SQ637
787
Zurich
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ ZRH
SQ346
359
ZRH ➔ SIN
SQ345
359

As you can see Singapore Airlines is continuing to dedicate its passenger flights to two aircraft types through to the end of August – the Airbus A350 (3-class and Regional variants) and Boeing 787-10.

That means no more First Class or Suites cabins for the foreseeable future, with Airbus A380s, Boeing 777-300s and Boeing 777-300ERs all in storage either at Changi or in Alice Springs, Australia.

Note: Some aircraft types in GDS and at SingaporeAir.com still reflect their originally planned variants. This will be updated in the coming days.

SilkAir

SilkAir added Cebu, Kuala Lumpur and Medan flights to its roster in June and July 2020, however the Cebu services never went ahead and were cancelled, so the airline ended up with a network of three cities including its regular Chongqing flights.

This network continues in August 2020, with increased frequencies to and from Kuala Lumpur.

MI Graph Jan-Aug
(click to enlarge)
MI Routemap JulAug
(click to enlarge)

SilkAir will be running the following passenger flights to and from 3 cities during July and August 2020.

Cities with increased service in August 2020:

  • Kuala Lumpur (2/wk > 4/wk)
New services or increased frequencies are highlighted in yellow

MI logo

All SilkAir flights not listed below are cancelled during this period.

Chongqing
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CKG
MI972
738
CKG ➔ SIN
MI971
738
Kuala Lumpur
(highlighted flights added in August)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KUL
MI324
738
KUL ➔ SIN
MI323
738
Medan
(until 31 Jul)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KNO
MI234
738
KNO ➔ SIN
MI233
738
Medan
(from 1 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KNO
MI234
738
KNO ➔ SIN
MI233

738

Full schedules

Full flight schedules for SIA and SilkAir during July and August 2020 are now available at the Singapore Airlines website.

These are regularly updated throughout the month, so do check for the latest changes.

  SIA and SilkAir July / August Flight Schedules

Transit passengers

Much of the SIA Group’s passenger traffic now hinges on transit passengers, with the almost complete inability to fly to or from Singapore directly unless your particular circumstances demand it.

The slightly expanded network for August 2020 helps capitalise on SIA’s connection principle, with transit passengers now permitted to pass through Changi Airport.

Additional Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt flights are likely no coincidence here, helping the airline add options for those still making their way home or travelling for urgent reasons.

Scoot

SIA’s low cost subsidiary Scoot expended its route network to eight cities in June 2020. The airline planned operate 128 flights in July 2020, however this was dialled back to around 100 services.

That’s still its highest capacity by flight volumes since the airline imposed a skeleton schedule in April 2020.

Scoot tends to hold back on its schedule announcements until closer to the time and has not yet confirmed whether further frequencies and destinations will be added in August 2020.

Hopefully we can bring you more news on that later this month.

What if your flight has been cancelled?

You may be protected by SIA’s latest travel waiver policy, in which case you can:

  • Apply for a full cash refund; or
  • Receive a travel credit voucher including a bonus credit against a future booking

See our article here covering the latest travel waiver policy for details, or check the SIA website here.

September onwards

As with previous months, Singapore Airlines continues to load practically its full schedule in GDS from 1st September 2020, then later announces which services will actually go ahead.

Do remember that these forward plans (September 2020 onwards) are subject to significant further cuts based on the coronavirus situation closer to the time, so we expect a revised service operation list to be announced closer to the time.

Summary

Without ‘green lanes’, ‘travel bubbles’ and additional ‘fast lanes’, there’s really no passenger market for the SIA Group to serve other than a limited (albeit important) opportunity for transit passengers to move around the world, particularly between Australia / New Zealand and Europe.

This month we’ve seen Paris added to the network, plus increased frequencies to the likes of Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt in August. These extra flights will assist with SIA’s transit passenger connectivity, normally more than a third of its business, but frankly there’s the significant risk of another ‘plateau’ being reached if international travel borders aren’t opened up soon.

SQ A350 Pushback (Alan Wilson)
Singapore Airlines has not added any new destinations in its August 2020 schedule. (Photo: Alan Wilson)

We can’t realistically see Singapore Airlines returning to 10%+ of normal capacity levels in the coming months without significant progress to agree at least some form of common travel corridors and / or regular international tourist activity.

Last month the step-up in activity gave us cause for optimism, but this month it seems like we’re treading water – waiting for governments to agree a way forward before we can see any meaningful ramp-up in flights.

(Cover Photo: AirImages / Shutterstock)

1 comment

  1. Dear SIA responsible person,I am a SIA passenger. I bought three tickets for my family and the journey date is 29/07/20 by SQ 447 from Dhaka to Kualalampur via Singapore.But now there is no flight is operating from Dhaka. I talked to my travel agent.They told me that SIA Dhaka office is close.so they are not clear what will happen about my tickets.can you make it clear for me?Thanks in advance.Mohammad Mohosinul Huque.

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