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Bangkok will be Singapore’s busiest VTL route with 47 weekly flights

With 47 weekly VTL flights by four different airlines, Bangkok is set to be the busiest quarantine-free link to Singapore when it launches next week.

With Singapore expanding its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme to Thailand on 14th December 2021, the full schedule of designated quarantine-free flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Singapore Changi Airport has now been revealed.

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What it shows isn’t too surprising – this will be the busiest city pair on the VTL network with up to 47 weekly flights and over 12,000 weekly seats, opening up two-way quarantine-free trips for Singapore residents to and from the likes of Bangkok and Phuket for the first time since March 2020.

The busiest VTL routes

Here’s how the top five VTL routes to Changi stack up by flight volumes and seating capacity, with the upcoming Bangkok – Singapore services topping the list by both metrics.

Top 5 VTL routes to Singapore
by capacity

City VTL Flights Passenger Capacity
🇹🇭 Bangkok 47/wk
12,400/wk
🇲🇾 Kuala Lumpur 42/wk 9,700/wk
🇦🇺 Melbourne 36/wk 11,500/wk
🇦🇺 Sydney 25/wk 8,700/wk
🇬🇧 London 18/wk 6,000/wk

There will be even more VTL flights on this route than there are from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, a city pair that boasted nearly 40% more flights pre-COVID.

In the Singapore – Bangkok direction, where travellers can take any flight they choose and still benefit from a quarantine-free arrival, there are 61 non-stop flight options per week, based on the first week of January 2022.

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There are also 28 weekly flights from Singapore to Phuket, four to Chiang Mai, three to Krabi and three to Koh Samui.

Designated VTL flights

Two full-service airlines and two low-cost carriers will be operating designated VTL flights from Bangkok to Singapore.

  • Jetstar Asia
  • Scoot
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways
Bangkok is popular with visitors from Singapore. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Initially for the first two weeks or so of the Thailand VTL there will be 40 weekly designated VTL flights on the Bangkok – Singapore route operated by these four airlines, as shown below.

14th December 2021 – 31st December 2021

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TG403
777-200
BKK
08:00
SIN

11:15
 bgcolor= SQ705
A350 Regional
BKK
09:50
SIN

13:15
 bgcolor= TR607
787-8
BKK
11:55
SIN

15:35
 bgcolor= SQ707
A350
BKK
12:15
SIN

15:45
 bgcolor= 3K516
A320
         
BKK
13:35
SIN

17:10
 bgcolor= TR611
A321neo
BKK
18:10
SIN

21:50
 bgcolor= 3K514
A320
       
BKK
21:20
SIN

00:50*

* Next day
3K516 on Mondays and 3K514 on Saturdays are subject to regulatory approval

From 1st January 2022, Thai Airways changes its daily TG803 VTL flight to the Boeing 787-8, while Singapore Airlines adds a third daily flight operating in the afternoon (SQ709), bringing the route up to 47 weekly VTL services as shown below.

1st January 2022 – 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TG403
787-8
BKK
08:00
SIN

11:15
 bgcolor= SQ705
A350 Regional
BKK
09:50
SIN

13:15
 bgcolor= TR607
787-8
BKK
11:55
SIN

15:35
 bgcolor= SQ707
A350
BKK
12:15
SIN

15:45
 bgcolor= 3K516
A320
         
BKK
13:35
SIN

17:10
 bgcolor= SQ709
A350
BKK
15:40
SIN

19:15
 bgcolor= TR611
A321neo
BKK
18:10
SIN

21:50
 bgcolor= 3K514
A320
       
BKK
21:20
SIN

00:50*

* Next day
3K516 on Mondays and 3K514 on Saturdays are subject to regulatory approval

As you can see there are timings throughout the day, with Thai Airways kicking things off in the morning for the early risers at 8am, getting you to Changi in time for lunch and offering a half-day ‘work from home’ (or ‘clear of self-isolation in time for dinner’) option.

At the tail end for those wanting to maximise their time in Bangkok, or taking domestic flights to the city earlier in the day prior to their VTL flight, Jetstar offers a 9.20pm departure on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Before COVID-19 there were around 210 weekly flights from Bangkok (Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports combined) to Singapore.

That means around 22% of previous capacity is being restored under the quarantine-free VTL scheme by early January 2022.

See our dedicated article below for a full list of VTL designated flights by all airlines (22 and counting) on all VTL routes.

Non-VTL flights from Bangkok to Singapore

Do be careful not to book a non-VTL flight if you’re looking for a quarantine-free arrival in Singapore, as shown below.

Bangkok Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ711 (Daily) and SQ713 (Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun, then Daily from 2 Feb 2022) are not designated VTL flights.
  • TR753 (selected days, continuation from London Gatwick) are not designated VTL flights.
  • GF166 (Wed, Fri, Sun) are not designated VTL flights.
  • Thai Airways and Jetstar Asia don’t have any non-VTL flights from Bangkok to Singapore.

Non-VTL flights allow Singapore residents to return under the Category 2 lane, with 7 days SHN at home imposed.

Business Class products

Most of our readers are probably familiar with the Economy Class seats offered by full-service airlines SIA and Thai on their wide-body aircraft, and the more basic versions found on Scoot and Jetstar, but the designated VTL flight schedule offers some interesting variety in the Business Class cabins.

Singapore Airlines

The best Business Class seat you’ll get on Singapore Airlines’ designated VTL flights from Bangkok to Singapore is on the lunchtime SQ707 and afternoon SQ709 flights, which are operated by the airline’s three-class Airbus A350 Long Haul aircraft.

These include the popular and spacious 2013 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration (see our review).

(Photo: MainlyMiles)

If you’re taking SIA’s morning VTL flight from Bangkok to Singapore (SQ705), you’ll find the 2018 Regional Business Class seat on the Airbus A350.

SIA’s 2018 Regional Business Class seat. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

This is narrower, but has good storage options and also benefits from direct aisle access (see our review of the same seat on the Boeing 787-10).

Thai Airways

Thai Airways is flying its older Boeing 777-200s on Bangkok – Singapore VTL flights (TG803) from 14th December to 31st December.

The Business Class product on these flights won’t win any awards unfortunately, in a 2-2-2 layout with limited privacy between the seat pairs. They convert to an angle-flat bed.

Thai Airways Boeing 777-200 Business Class. (Photo: Points from the Pacific)

From 1st January 2022, however, things do take a turn for the better with Thai switching its Singapore flights to the Boeing 787-8, with the Collins Aerospace Diamond seat.

The Collins Diamond Seat on Thai’s Boeing 787-8s. (Photo: Spin9.me)
Thai Airways Boeing 787-8 Business Class seat map

This cabin is in a 2-2-2 layout but the seat does convert into a fully flat bed and privacy is slightly improved with each seat staggered slightly from the one next to it.

Scoot

If you’re taking the late morning Scoot VTL flight from Bangkok to Singapore (TR607), you’ll be able to book a seat in the ‘ScootPlus’ (formerly ‘ScootBiz’) cabin, which is similar to a Premium Economy product in a 2-3-2 layout.

ScootPlus on the Boeing 787. (Photo: Scoot)

For the dates we checked, Scoot is charging around an extra S$120 one-way for this cabin, which also includes a 30kg baggage allowance and 30MB complimentary Wi-Fi.

Award redemptions

If you’re looking to redeem frequent flyer miles on a VTL flight from Bangkok to Singapore, here’s what you’ll pay (KrisFlyer awards on Singapore Airlines assume Saver rates).

One-way award rates
BKK-SIN

Airline
(Cabin Class)
Frequent Flyer Programme
Jetstar
(Economy)

12,000
+S$31
Singapore Airlines
(Economy)
12,500
+S$31
17,500*
+S$31
Singapore Airlines
(Business)
21,500
+S$31
27,500*
+S$31
Thai Airways
(Economy)
12,500
+S$57
12,500
+S$57
Thai Airways
(Business)
21,500
+S$71
20,500
+S$71

* Must be booked as a round-trip. One-way redemption rate shown. Star Alliance awards using Thai Royal Orchid Plus miles are temporarily unavailable.

Notice how the taxes and fees are slightly higher when redeeming on Thai Airways, due to the carrier’s fuel surcharge (an additional S$26 one-way in Economy Class, or S$40 in Business Class).

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However, we did notice some dates with Business Class VTL award availability on Thai but not on SIA, especially just after the peak festive and New Year season, so the additional cash outlay is probably worth considering in that case.