Singapore Airlines and its affiliate are reducing their schedules until the end of March. It does not only affect Asia but also the United States, Europe and Australia/NZ according to an airline’s statement.
More than 700 Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights between Singapore and countries like Japan, South Korea, Germany and the United States between March and May have been cancelled due to weak demand amid the coronavirus epidemic. Flights reduction is partial and affect certain days for each destination. A list of cancellation days per destination is available on the website of the airline under https://www.singaporeair.com/saar5/pdf/media-centre/AdjustmentsToSingaporeAirlinesAndSilkAirFlightCapacityNew.pdf
Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced the cancellations on Tuesday (Feb 18) on both its website and in a Facebook post. It said affected customers will be notified and re-accommodated onto other flights. Phone numbers are provided on the website of the airline. Both Singapore Airlines and SilkAir apologise in advance for the inconvenience caused and the complication for passengers.
The earliest flight affected is SQ968 from Singapore to Jakarta on March 3; the latest, several flights on May 31 between Singapore and London and from Tokyo to Singapore. Flight cancellations have already been implemented for a couple of destinations including China PRC, Hong Kong, Japan as well as Thailand.
Routes affected by the cuts from March to May are in the USA Los Angeles, New York and Seattle; in Europe, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Paris; in Autralia and New Zealand, Brisbane, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney; in Northeast Asia, Busan, Tokyo Haneda and Narita, Seoul and Taipei; in Southeast Asia, both Singapore Airlines and Silk Air cancel some flights to Balikpapan, Bandung, Bangkok, Brunei, Jakarta, Koh Samui, Kuala Lumpur, Makassar, Penang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Surabaya and Yangon. Cuts are also implemented to the Indian Subcontinent, Johannesburg and Dubai.
SIA indicated that it will continue to monitor the situation and make the necessary adjustments as the situation develops.
In an interview to local Singapore newspaper, the Straits Times, Brendan Sobie, an independent aviation analyst and founder of Sobie Aviation, indicated that the number of cuts are relatively small given how much demand has fallen. “The situation is that people are not travelling, and it’s not just to China or Hong Kong, but everywhere. In Singapore, a lot of corporations are not sending their employees away for business and a lot of conventions and conferences have been affected,” he said.