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Singapore Airlines releases schedules to October 2020, including Istanbul

Singapore Airlines is adding Istanbul to its network, for a total of 29 passenger routes through to late October 2020

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Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have extended their existing published passenger flight schedules through to the end of the northern summer season on 25th October 2020. Following Perth joining the list of passenger routes on 18th August, Istanbul has also been added by the mainline carrier from 26th August.

Frequencies have also been increased to and from Seoul for the second consecutive month in October 2020, with passenger service to the South Korean capital ramping up to five days per week.

Daily connections are maintained to and from London, Hong Kong and at ‘group level’ to and from Kuala Lumpur (SIA and SilkAir combined).

Overall, schedules lift to around 8% of usual levels in October 2020.

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In total SIA and SilkAir will fly 625 passenger flights between 1st – 24th October 2020, a 5% increase on the 594 services being operated over the same period in September 2020 (1st – 24th Sep).

“Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir have increased the frequency of selected services in their passenger network in August, September and October 2020, and reinstated flights to Cebu, Istanbul, Milan, Perth, Phnom Penh and Taipei. By the end of October 2020, the Group’s passenger capacity will reach approximately 8% of its pre-Covid-19 levels.”

Singapore Airlines, 7 August 2020

We already knew about Cebu, Milan, Perth, Phnom Penh and Taipei, so Istanbul is the only addition here, from late August 2020.

SIA’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot recently increased its August schedule by around a third to 140 passenger flights, reaching 2.5% of normal levels. The airline has yet to announce its September and October 2020 flight schedules.

Singapore Airlines flights

Singapore Airlines will operate the following passenger flight volumes in each month:

  • 583 in August 2020
  • 655 in September 2020
  • 554 in October 2020*

* 1st – 24th October only

Though this looks like a drop, schedules for October have only been loaded until 24th of that month (the end of the northern summer season), so in fact it’s an increase equivalent to around 690 flights for the full month of October 2020.

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.

Existing routes with frequency changes in September 2020:

  • Auckland (3/wk > 4/wk)
  • Hong Kong (3/wk > 7/wk)
  • Seoul (2/wk > 3/wk)

Existing routes with frequency changes in October 2020:

  • Seoul (3/wk > 5/wk)

Here’s a map of the 19 Asia-Pacific destinations being served by Singapore Airlines in September 2020, including the soon to be reinstated Perth and Taipei routes.

SQ Routemap AugOct APAC
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In addition, a single US destination and nine European cities will be served (Singapore Airlines is classifying Istanbul as Europe in its updated schedule listing)

SQ Routemap AugOct EURUS
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Singapore Airlines will be operating the following passenger flights to and from 29 cities during the August to October 2020 period.

New services and increased frequencies are highlighted in yellow

  Newly added city (Aug – Oct)

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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
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
SQ283
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
SQ378
359
BCN ➔ SIN
SQ377
359
Note: Some Singapore – Barcelona flights (and vice-versa) operate via Milan.
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
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
(highlighted flights added in September)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ HKG
SQ890
787
HKG ➔ SIN
SQ891
787
Istanbul
(from 26 Aug)
Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ IST
SQ392
359
IST ➔ SIN
SQ391
359
Jakarta
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