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Singapore Airlines to axe Copenhagen – Rome fifth freedom route

SIA's fifth freedom route between Copenhagen and Rome will bow out after 11 months' service, with both cities soon getting dedicated non-stop flights again.

Singapore Airlines has launched a few “fifth freedom” routes over the last couple of years, as the pandemic forced the airline to seek limited commercial opportunities for passenger traffic far from Singapore, while borders at home and in its regular markets remained tightly restricted.

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The first of those kicked off in July last year, and took the form of a three times weekly service between Copenhagen in Denmark and Rome in Italy, the first time the airline had operated passenger flights on the route with travellers able to book tickets solely for the intra-Europe legs, without onward travel plans to or from Singapore.

The inaugural flight picked up a water cannon salute. (Photo: Copenhagen Airport)

Flights have since increased to five times weekly on the route.

Copenhagen – Rome axed from June

Singapore Airlines is amending its operation to these cities from June 2022, and so the final service on this intra-Europe route will operate as follows:

  • SQ352 Copenhagen to Rome: 31st May 2022
  • SQ351 Rome to Copenhagen: 1st June 2022
The 2-hour Rome extension to SIA’s Copenhagen route will cease from June 2022

If you’re keen to experience this short intra-Europe hop on a Singapore Airlines wide-body Airbus A350 before it ceases, here are the five times weekly flights you’ll need to book between now and then.

Copenhagen – Rome Schedule
Now – 31st May 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
SQ352
A350 Long Haul
CPH
08:15
FCO
10:40
SQ351
SQ353

A350 Long Haul
   
FCO
08:20
CPH
10:50

Note: Slight timing adjustments to the above effective from 27th March 2022

Operating days for the return flight from Rome to Copenhagen look unusual, because the aircraft rests on the ground for 20 hours in Italy before heading back to Singapore (via Denmark).

Taking the Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Long Haul Business Class on this 2-hour flight won’t be possible for much longer. (Photo: High Tech Flight)

One-way KrisFlyer miles redemptions on this short intra-Europe flight are:

  • Economy: 10,000 miles
  • Premium: 17,000 miles
  • Business: 30,000 miles

Better still though – cash fares are competitive, starting at around S$120 in Economy and S$430 in Business, so it’s really not worth burning miles if you’re still planning to take this “fifth freedom” service before it disappears.

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The service has certainly been popular with travel bloggers and vloggers, eager to get a rare and inexpensive long-haul experience on a short flight like this, as you can see at the following links:

Singapore Airlines will continue to operate its only other intra-Europe “fifth freedom” route, between Milan and Barcelona, which it secured traffic rights on in January 2022.

Copenhagen continues (VTL)

Five times weekly Airbus A350 flights between Singapore and Copenhagen will continue to operate as they do now, including designated VTL status on the flights to Changi for a quarantine-free arrival.

Singapore – Copenhagen Schedule
Now – 31st May 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
SQ352
A350 Long Haul
SIN
00:30
CPH

06:30
SQ351
SQ353

A350 Long Haul

VTL
CPH
12:30
SIN

07:30*

* Next day
Note: Slight timing adjustments to the above effective from 27th March – 31 May 2022

Without the Rome continuation, operating days and timings are adjusted from 1st June 2022. The Thursday service is also dropped, in favour of a Saturday flight, as shown below.

Singapore – Copenhagen Schedule
1st June – 29th October 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
SQ352
A350 Long Haul
SIN
00:30
CPH

06:55
SQ351
A350 Long Haul

VTL
CPH
12:20
SIN

06:20*

* Next day

Rome gets non-stop VTL flights

Good news is that instead of cutting Rome off the route map, Singapore Airlines will reinstate its dedicated non-stop SQ366/365 service from 3rd June 2022, with Airbus A350s operating three times per week.

Singapore Airlines will serve Rome non-stop once again from June 2022. (Photo: Shutterstock)

All three flights will return to Singapore as designated VTL services. Here’s how the schedule looks.

Singapore – Rome Schedule
3rd June – 28th October 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
SQ366
A350 Long Haul
SIN
01:30
FCO

08:05
SQ365
A350 Long Haul

VTL