SIA to increase flights to Japan, India; passenger capacity to reach 81% of pre-pandemic levels by end-2022

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SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) will operate more flights to Japan and India in the coming months amid strong demand for air travel.

It will also add more flights to Los Angeles and Paris by December 2022 and continue with its direct services to Vancouver.

Together with adjustments to the Scoot network, SIA Group expects passenger capacity to reach about 81 per cent of pre-pandemic levels by December.

In a media release on Tuesday (Jul 5), SIA said it will operate daily services to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (SQ634) and Narita Airport (SQ638) from Jul 24.

“Together with the daily SQ12 service from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo (Narita), SIA will operate three daily services into Japan’s capital, up from 14 flights per week,” it added.

From Oct 30, the daily SQ636 service to Haneda Airport will be reinstated, bringing the number of SIA flights to Tokyo to 28 weekly.

A second daily flight to Osaka will also be reinstated on Oct 30, while flights to Fukuoka will increase to three per week.

“With the thrice-weekly service to Nagoya, SIA will operate 62 per cent of its pre-COVID operating capacity to Japan by Oct 30, 2022,” the company said.

Japan reopened its borders to some foreign tourists in June, including those from Singapore. But they must be on package tours and be chaperoned throughout their stay.

For flights to India, SIA will progressively operate 17 weekly services to Chennai from September, up from the current 10 weekly flights.

It will also increase services to Kochi to 14 times weekly. There will be 16 flights weekly to Bengaluru.

This will almost fully restore SIA’s operating capacity to India to pre-pandemic levels by Oct 30.

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