Singapore Airlines will add three cities to its passenger network over the coming weeks, with confirmation that San Francisco, Shenzhen, and Nagoya are joining (or rejoining) the list, which will soon cover 37 cities worldwide out of a planned return to 62 after COVID-19.
At the same time, flight frequencies to Melbourne will be halved and the carrier with withdraw from both Surabaya and Taipei, while hiking frequencies on other routes including Los Angeles, Perth, Sydney and Jakarta.
In addition to the services that were announced earlier this month, SIA will reinstate flights to Nagoya and San Francisco between December 2020 and January 2021.Singapore Airlines
Overall flight frequencies remain limited, however the group will now increase capacity to around 19% of pre-COVID levels by January 2021, rather than the 16% previously forecast.
Some frequency adjustments, including to Surabaya and Taipei, are flagged to be addressed by flights yet to be announced by low-cost division Scoot.
Singapore Airlines hasn’t flown to Shenzhen, China since since it was pulled from the carrier’s network during the SARS outbreak in 2003/04, however SilkAir operated the route between October 2005 and mid-February 2020.
These weekly (Sunday) services have already started, with the first service operating at the weekend.
From 15th November 2020
Presumably the route’s reinstatement by SIA instead of SilkAir takes advantage of the superior underfloor cargo capacity on the airline’s Airbus A350s.
Next month, Singapore Airlines will add a third city in the USA to its passenger network, with three times weekly flights to and from San Francisco, reconnecting the California city for the first time since March 2020.
Two-class Airbus A350 ULRs will serve the route, the first time these aircraft have been in service since March 2020.
That means only a Business Class and Premium Economy section will be available for sale, with Economy seats on US routes restricted to New York-JFK and Los Angeles services, which continue to use 3-class A350s.
From 15th December 2020
As with the airline’s other long-haul services, the aircraft and crew will rest together in San Francisco for around 51 hours before returning to Singapore.
Singapore Airlines will return to Nagoya with a three times weekly Boeing 787-10 service from early 2021.
From 2nd January 2021
Regular passenger service to and from the Japanese city ceased in March 2020, however the airline did return with a series of cargo-only flights in September 2020.
In Singapore only the SilverKris Business Class lounge in Terminal 3 is operating, though the facility is also welcoming KrisFlyer Gold and Star Alliance Gold members during this period.
In San Francisco the United Club near gate F11 and the excellent United Polaris Lounge (see our review), unfortunately both remain closed at the time of writing. The Air France – KLM lounge is operating and accepts Priority Pass guests, but we doubt Singapore Airlines will grant complimentary access.
In Shenzhen eligible Singapore Airlines passengers are directed to the International Business Class VIP Lounge in Terminal 3, on Level 3 near Gate 9. This lounge is operating normally, with the exception of the shower facilities which are not currently available.
In Nagoya it’s the Star Alliance lounge usually welcoming eligible SIA passengers, however this lounge is temporarily closed with no other alternatives operating at the time of writing.
Here are the latest route maps for Singapore Airlines passenger services over the next three months.
Note: Surabaya and Taipei ending December 2020.
Singapore Airlines has also updated its schedules to many cities on its network with increased frequencies during December 2020 and January 2021, compared to previously announced timetables.
Los Angeles in particular gets two additional services, lifting it to five times weekly operation, while Perth lifts from three times per week to daily operation.
Three cities, however, see a significant or complete withdrawal of flights.
Melbourne, previously the most frequently served on the network with 13 weekly services planned in December 2020 and January 2020, will instead retain daily (7 times weekly) flights.
Edit: Scoot has confirmed it will lift its Melbourne flights to daily, sharing the route with SIA for a total of 14 weekly services at group level.
Instead, Sydney will become the most served city on the network, with 16 weekly flights, followed be Jakarta with twice daily services.
Finally, Singapore Airlines will cease passenger services to and from Surabaya on 5th December 2020 and Taipei on 11th December 2020.
Edit: Scoot has confirmed it will lift its Surabaya and Taipei flights to daily, replacing SIA on these routes.
Singapore Airlines will be running the following passenger route network between November 2020 and January 2021, with these (previously unannounced) frequency changes highlighted.
All routes not listed below are cancelled during this period, or will have cargo-only operation.
|Singapore Airlines Routes
Short-haul & Asia
(Nov 2020 – Jan 2021)
|Ho Chi Minh||3/wk||7/wk||7/wk||787|
(till 5 Dec)
(till 11 Dec)
The latest updated schedules including days of operation is available at this dedicated page on the Singapore Airlines website.
There are no new short-haul routes during this period, with some minor frequency increases taking effect between November and December 2020.
Regional cities Jakarta and Hong Kong have the highest frequencies, however there is still no planned increase to and from the latter city despite an upcoming Air Travel Bubble arrangement.
Bangkok gets daily flights, while Seoul and Tokyo are also set to receive near-daily connections with six services each per week.
|Singapore Airlines Routes
Australia & Long-haul
(Nov 2020 – Jan 2021)