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Singapore Airlines increases London, Adelaide, Christchurch flights

London will become SIA's busiest route next month with 12 weekly flights, including a daytime option, while other cities get a boost too

Singapore Airlines has loaded some additional passenger flights to its September and October flight schedules, with London becoming the airline’s first route to receive more than one daily flight since global services were dramatically cut in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adelaide and Christchurch will also see increased frequencies.

Additionally, the airline will open up passenger flights to and from Surabaya for the first time since mid-March 2020, joining Scoot on the Indonesian route from next month.

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London increase

Currently Singapore Airlines is operating daily flights to and from London as SQ322/SQ317 using 3-class Airbus A350 aircraft.

From 9th September 2020 the carrier will also re-introduce its SQ308/SQ319 flights, operating five days per week, offering daytime service to the UK capital and a morning departure option from London. These services will also be flown by the 3-class long-haul Airbus A350.

Additional frequencies are highlighted below.

London
(from 9 Sep*)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ LHR
SQ308
09:00-15:40
359
SIN ➔ LHR
SQ322
23:30-05:55
359
LHR ➔ SIN
SQ317
11:25-07:30
359
LHR ➔ SIN
SQ319
20:50-16:55
359

* SQ308/SQ319 Wed & Fri only (2/wk) until w/c 21 Sep, then 5/wk thereafter

In total this will result in 12 weekly round-trips on the Singapore – London flights, a significant capacity boost making it the most frequently served route by the airline during September and October.

Total capacity will be in excess of 6,000 seats per week, again the highest of any city on the network.

Adelaide increase

Singapore Airlines is also taking the opportunity to increase its Adelaide services to twice weekly from 8th September 2020, with daytime SQ277 service on Tuesdays supplementing the existing overnight SQ279 flight on Mondays.

On the return service from Adelaide to Singapore however, this additional flight will be cargo-only with no passenger capacity offered.

Additional frequency highlighted below.

Adelaide
(from 8 Sep)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ ADL
SQ277
08:30-16:45
359R
SIN ➔ ADL
SQ279
23:10-07:25
359R
ADL ➔ SIN
SQ278
09:10-15:10
359R

Both flights will be operated by the airline’s 303-seat Airbus A350 Regional variant.

Christchurch increase

SIA is also adding a second weekly flight in both directions on its Singapore – Christchurch route from 10th September.

Additional frequency highlighted below.

Christchurch
(from 10 Sep)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CHC
SQ297
23:00-12:40
359
CHC ➔ SIN
SQ298
10:50-17:40
359

This route is operated by 3-class long-haul Airbus A350s. SIA also operates four times per week to and from Auckland, for a total of six weekly services combined across the two cities.

Singapore will start accepting tourist visitors from New Zealand on 8th September 2020, who must apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) prior to departure and follow a specific process, with a COVID-19 test on arrival at Changi.

Tourists from New Zealand can visit Singapore for up to 90 days, including stays in hotels or with family and friends, however under current rules they will still have to quarantine for 14 days on their return home.

The New Zealand government also advises against overseas travel, including to Singapore, though unlike Australia it does not prevent its citizens from travelling if they wish.

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Surabaya restart

Singapore Airlines has been flying weekly cargo-only services between Singapore and Surabaya for many months, however from 9th September 2020 the carrier will upgrade to passenger services on the route twice per week.

These flights are currently programmed using Boeing 777-300 aircraft, however availability has not yet been loaded and a swap to Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 is likely in due course.

Surabaya
(from 9 Sep)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ SUB
SQ930
07:50-09:05
773
SUB ➔ SIN
SQ931
10:10-13:30
773

These flights will supplement Scoot’s once weekly Airbus A320 service to and from Surabaya, with the low-cost carrier planning four Indonesia routes in September 2020.

Surabaya will be SIA’s 30th destination since schedules started to be rebuilt in June.

Where else is SIA flying?

With the addition of Surabaya next month, S