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Jetstar adds Yangon and extra frequencies to its Singapore network

Jetstar will add Yangon to its Singapore passenger network in January 2021, while hiking frequencies on existing routes including daily flights to some cities.

January 2021 is set to be another month of growth for Singapore-based low-cost carrier Jetstar Asia, which is slowly rebuilding its network across South East Asian cities. The airline will see a 61% increase in flights programmed in the first month of next year compared to early December 2020.

The increases come as the airline enters its second month of approval to carry passengers on transit itineraries through Singapore Changi Airport, no doubt assisting with load factors.

January 2021

From 18th January 2021, Jetstar Asia will add twice weekly Yangon flights to its passenger network. This will make Jetstar the sole operator between Singapore and Myanmar.

At the same time the airline will increase frequencies to daily or greater on some other routes like Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

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However, flights to and from Bangkok have already ceased, with this route now served exclusively by Singapore Airlines and Scoot, so Jetstar’s total destination count will remain at nine.

Based on FlightRadar24 data over the last week, Jetstar Asia continues to fly just three of its 18 Airbus A320s. The airline has already completed a downsizing exercise, which will see five of these 18 aircraft leaving the company by 2021, for a resized total of 13 jets post-COVID.

Three of Jetstar Asia’s Airbus A320s are currently flying. (Photo: icosha / Shutterstock)

Overall Jetstar Asia will operate 74 flights per week in late January 2021, a 61% increase on early December 2020’s 46 flights per week. The airline usually operates around 620 flights per week, based on January 2020 data.

That lifts the airline’s capacity by flight volumes in the first month of next year to around 12% of January 2020 levels, just before COVID-19 hit.

Assuming the airline will recover to around 72% of its original size post-COVID-19 with a fleet of 13 Airbus A320s, in theory over 16% of its ultimate future schedule is already being operated.

Here’s how the frequency changes by late January 2021 look compared to early December 2020.

Jetstar

  Newly added

Destination Frequency
Dec   Jan
Clark 2/wk 2/wk
Ho Chi Minh 3/wk 5/wk
Jakarta 5/wk 9/wk
Kuala Lumpur 6/wk 7/wk
Manila 5/wk 5/wk
Penang 3/wk 3/wk
Phnom Penh 1/wk 2/wk
Surabaya 1/wk 2/wk
  Yangon 2/wk
(click to enlarge)

By mid-January 2021, Jetstar will be flying 37 weekly departures from Changi. Five of these, to Ho Chi Minh, will continue to carry cargo only due to government restrictions, however all returning flights to Singapore (including those from Ho Chi Minh) carry passengers.

With this expanded schedule, we expect Jetstar will probably have to reactivate a fourth Airbus A320 aircraft next month.

Flight schedules

Here is Jetstar’s flight schedule to and from Singapore for the month of January 2021, including days of operation.

Clark
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CRK
3K775
320
CRK ➔ SIN
3K776
320
SIN ➔ CRK
3K779
320
CRK ➔ SIN
3K780
320
Ho Chi Minh
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ SGN
3K555
320
SGN ➔ SIN
3K556
320

Singapore to Ho Chi Minh flights (3K555) are cargo-only due to Vietnam government restrictions.

Jakarta
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CGK
3K201
320
CGK ➔ SIN
3K202
320
SIN ➔ CGK
3K205
320
CGK ➔ SIN
3K206
320
Kuala Lumpur
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KUL
3K663
320
KUL ➔ SIN
3K664
320
SIN ➔ KUL
3K685
320
KUL ➔ SIN
3K686
320
SIN ➔ KUL
3K687
320
KUL ➔ SIN
3K688
320
Manila
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ MNL
3K761
320
MNL ➔ SIN
3K762
320
SIN ➔ MNL
3K765
320
MNL ➔ SIN
3K766
320
Penang
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PEN
3K675
320
PEN ➔ SIN
3K676
320
Phnom Penh