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Singapore Airlines maintains 30 routes in November 2020

Singapore Airlines will operate 13% more flights in November 2020, with frequency increases on at least 8 routes including daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne
Latest update: Johannesburg flights have been added as the 31st SIA destination from 7th October 2020. Penang flights have been added as the 6th SilkAir destination from 25th October 2020. These are now reflected in the schedules below.

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have extended their published passenger flight schedules until the end of November 2020, maintaining their previously announced network of cities for three more months, despite some initial positivity around the potential for tourism ‘green lanes’ later this year.

This extends the confirmed timetable from 25th October 2020, the start of the northern winter season, through to 30th November 2020, with the previous update valid only until the termination of the summer season on 24th October 2020.

This is the longest ‘forward window’ we’ve had to look at SIA’s proposed flight schedules since the COVID-19 situation took hold, spanning over three months, so we can almost certainly expect some changes and/or additional routes and frequencies to be added on an ad-hoc basis in the coming weeks and months, especially if any of those ‘green lanes’ do materialise.

Several frequencies have been increased, including Jakarta (from 5 to 10 flights per week) and Auckland (4 to 5 flights per week).

London is still the airline’s busiest route, with 12 weekly services offering capacity for over 6,000 passengers. Daily connections are also maintained or established to and from Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney and at ‘group level’ (SIA and SilkAir combined) to and from Kuala Lumpur.

Overall, schedules lift to around 11% of usual levels in November 2020.

  Headline figures

In total SIA and SilkAir will fly 1,010 passenger flights during November 2020, a 13% increase on the 896 services being operated during October 2020.

“By the end of November 2020, the Group’s passenger capacity will reach approximately 11% of its pre-Covid-19 levels.”

Singapore Airlines, 28 August 2020

No new routes have been added since our last update, when Surabaya joined the fold among news of some frequency increases on other routes.

SIA’s low-cost subsidiary Scoot recently increased its September schedule to 166 passenger flights, reaching 3% of normal levels. The airline has yet to announce its October and November 2020 flying programme.

Singapore Airlines Schedule

Here’s a map of the 20 Asia-Pacific destinations being served by Singapore Airlines in November 2020, including the recently announced Surabaya reinstatement.

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In addition, a single US destination and nine European cities will continue to be served (Singapore Airlines classifies Istanbul as Europe in its schedule listing).

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Frequency increases in the latest update include:

  • Auckland (4/wk 5/wk)
  • Brisbane (2/wk 4/wk)
  • Christchurch (2/wk 3/wk)
  • Jakarta (5/wk 10/wk)
  • Melbourne (2/wk 7/wk)
  • Osaka (2/wk 3/wk)
  • Seoul (5/wk 6/wk)
  • Sydney (5/wk 7/wk)

These are in addition to already announced increases to Adelaide (1/wk 2/wk), Christchurch (1/wk 2/wk) and London (7/wk 12/wk) from September 2020.

Brisbane gets its own non-stop service from Singapore on two days per week from November (SQ255), in addition to the existing flight via Sydney (SQ288) on two further days.

Singapore Airlines will be operating the following passenger flights to and from 30 cities during November 2020.

Note: Some day of operation changes apply for the winter season from 25th October 2020. Check the official Singapore Airlines schedules for operating days in September and October, which may differ from those shown below.
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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: Singapore – Barcelona flights (and vice-versa) operate via Milan.
Brisbane
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ BNE
SQ255
359R
BNE ➔ SIN
SQ236
359R
SIN ➔ BNE
via SYD
SQ288
359
BNE ➔ SIN
SQ288
359
Note: SQ288 Singapore – Brisbane flights operate via Sydney, then operating non-stop 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
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ HKG
SQ890
787
HKG ➔ SIN
SQ891
787
Istanbul
  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
SQ956
359
CGK ➔ SIN
SQ957
359
SIN ➔ CGK
SQ964
359
CGK ➔ SIN
SQ965
359
Johannesburg
(from 7 Oct)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ JNB
SQ478
359
JNB ➔ SIN
SQ479
359
Kuala Lumpur
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KUL
SQ104
359
KUL ➔ SIN
SQ105
359
London
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ LHR
SQ308
359
SIN ➔ LHR
SQ322
359
LHR ➔ SIN
SQ317
359
LHR ➔ SIN
SQ319
359
Los Angeles
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ LAX
SQ38
359
LAX ➔ SIN
SQ37
359
Manila
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ MNL
SQ910
359R
MNL ➔ SIN
SQ917
359R
Melbourne
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ MEL
SQ217
359R
MEL ➔ SIN
SQ218
359R
SIN ➔ MEL
SQ237
359R
MEL ➔ SIN
SQ228
359R
Milan
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ MXP
SQ378
    359
MXP ➔ SIN
SQ377
359
Osaka
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KIX
SQ622
787
KIX ➔ SIN
SQ623
787
Paris
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CDG
SQ336
359
CDG ➔ SIN
SQ335
359
Perth
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PER
SQ223
787
PER ➔ SIN
SQ214
787
Seoul
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ ICN
SQ600
787
ICN ➔ SIN
SQ609
787
Shanghai
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PVG
SQ830
787
PVG ➔ SIN
SQ833
787
Surabaya
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ SUB
SQ930
359
SUB ➔ SIN
SQ931
359
Sydney
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ SYD
SQ231
359
SYD ➔ SIN
SQ222
359
SIN ➔ SYD
SQ288
359
SYD ➔ SIN
via BNE
SQ288
359
Note: SQ288 Sydney to Singapore flights operate via Brisbane on the journey back to Singapore.
Taipei
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ TPE
SQ876
787
TPE ➔ SIN
SQ877
787
SIN ➔ TPE
SQ878
787
TPE ➔ SIN
SQ879
787
Tokyo
  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 late October – 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.

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SilkAir Schedule

SilkAir is retaining its network of five cities in November 2020, with just 96 passenger flights planned, around 2.5% of usual levels.

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SilkAir will be running the following passenger flights to and from five cities during the November 2020.

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

Cebu
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CEB
MI560
738
CEB ➔ SIN
MI559
738
Chongqing
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CKG
MI972
738
CKG ➔ SIN
MI971
738
Kuala Lumpur
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KUL
MI324
738
KUL ➔ SIN
MI323
738
Medan
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KNO
MI234
738
KNO ➔ SIN
MI233
738
SIN ➔ KNO
MI238
738
KNO ➔ SIN
MI237
738
Penang
(from 25 Oct)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PEN
MI348
738
PEN ➔ SIN
MI347
738
Phnom Penh
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PNH
MI608
738
PNH ➔ SIN
MI607
738
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Full schedules

Full flight schedules for SIA and SilkAir during the September to November 2020 period are now available at the Singapore Airlines website.

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

  SIA and SilkAir Sep – Nov Flight Schedules

Scoot

SIA’s low cost subsidiary Scoot will expand its route network to 18 cities in September 2020, with 166 services planned, its highest capacity by flight volumes since the airline imposed a skeleton schedule in April 2020.

New destinations for the airline include Yogyakarta, Tokyo and Osaka.

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 October or November 2020.

Hopefully we can bring you more news on that from mid-September.

What if your flight has been cancelled?

You may be protected by SIA’s latest travel waiver policy, in force for bookings through 30th November 2020, 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.

December onwards

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

Do remember that these forward plans are subject to significant further cuts based on the COVID-19 situation closer to the time, so we expect a revised service operation list to be announced closer to the time.

Summary

No new routes in November 2020, with the latest addition Surabaya already being announced from mid-September.

With such a wide schedule window now visible, further additions are quite likely on an ad-hoc basis, especially if additional travel restriction relaxations are realised over the coming months.

Frequency increases are the main driver behind this latest 13% increase in flight volumes between October and November 2020, with many routes including Jakarta, Sydney and Melbourne seeing service increases.

SIA’s flight changes in November 2020 are mostly frequency increases on existing routes. (Photo: Chung ChengYen)

Brisbane will also get its own dedicated non-stop flight twice per week, an improvement on the current arrangement with passengers having to endure an en-route stop in Sydney.

SilkAir meanwhile retains its existing schedule on five regional routes, with little apparent appetite to increase regional connections at this point in time.

Overall capacity of 11% by November is the highest the airline has offered since the COVID-19 pandemic caused massive cuts to the flight schedules in April 2020, though any further increases will now likely be reliant on at least some form of common travel corridors and / or regular international tourist activity.

(Cover Photo: Jonathan Palombo)

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