Coronavirus: Singapore Airlines and Silkair cut more flights due to fall in demand

4 Mar 2020 by Jackie Chen
Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR

Singapore Airlines and its regional wing Silkair have announced more flight cuts in response to a fall in demand due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The airlines will reduce flights to select destinations between March and May. Some of these affected destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, London, Tokyo and Seoul.

Full details of the affected flights can be found here (as of March 4, 2020).

The cuts will result in a 10.3 per cent decrease in scheduled capacity, measured in available seat kilometres, from February to the end of May 2020.

According to Centre for Aviation (CAPA), “available seat kilometres (ASK)” measures a flight’s passenger carrying capacity calculated by multiplying the number of seats on an aircraft by the distance travelled in kilometres. It is used to measure an airline’s capacity to transport passengers.

The cuts add to existing flight cuts across the airlines’ global network which were announced in early February.

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Silkair to suspend its Hiroshima service

Silkair said it will indefinitely suspend operations to Hiroshima from March 27 this year due to weak demand, “which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 outbreak”.

Silkair normally offers three weekly flights between Singapore and Hiroshima on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

According to the airline, the last Silkair flight from Hiroshima to Singapore will be MI867 scheduled to depart on March 26.

The airline said affected customers will be contacted and re-accommodated onto other flights.

The Singapore Airlines Group (SIA Group), which includes Singapore Airlines, Silkair and the low-cost carrier Scoot,  serves six destinations in Japan including Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita.

The Group added that it remains firmly committed to the Japanese market and is working to grow both passenger and cargo traffic to and from the country.

The Covid-19 outbreak has greatly affected the aviation industry globally. Business Traveller previously reported that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that the current coronavirus outbreak could cost the airline industry nearly $30 billion.

Coronavirus could cost airlines $30 billion, says IATA

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