Singapore Airlines has launched new fifth freedom flights between Manchester and Houston, as well as upgrading its Singapore-Manchester route to a non-stop service.

The carrier is operating the route five times-weekly using a three-class B777-300ER aircraft.

The new route is part of changes which see SIA’s Singapore-Manchester service upgraded to non-stop (having previously routed via Munich), allowing travellers between Houston and Singapore to avail of a one-stop service via Manchester.

The carrier had previously offered a one-stop service between Singapore and Houston via Moscow.

Flight SQ52 departs Singapore at 0235, arriving into Manchester at 0900, before departing at 1015 and arriving into Houston at 1435.

The return service sees SQ51 depart Houston at 1915 and arrive in Manchester at 1005 the next day, before taking off at 1135 and landing back in Singapore at 0820 the following day.

Commenting on the new service Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport said:

“This new service to Houston with Singapore Airlines will open up a whole new part of America to business and leisure passengers across the North. Houston and Singapore, along with a wealth of other recent new routes, can only be found at Manchester in the UK outside of London.

“This underpins the role we play in the North as the global entry point of the Northern Powerhouse and as economic provider and job creator for the region.

“Furthermore, at a time when there is a lot of uncertainty following the Brexit vote and ties with Europe, this new east and west route connecting America to Manchester and on to Asia, clearly highlights the role we play with connecting the North to international markets, unlocking trade, tourist and economic opportunities.”