Passengers travelling with Singapore Airlines and Silkair must bring their own face mask to be worn throughout the flight, said the carrier in a statement.
The airline joins a number carriers who have made face masks mandatory for passengers on flights recently such as Emirates, Air Canada, and Air France.
The new face mask requirement is in accordance with a directive issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the carrier said. Singapore Airlines’ cabin crew have already been wearing masks, as well as gloves during flights.
The carrier also said passengers must “observe safe-distancing measures” when embarking and disembarking from a flight, as well as when queueing for the lavatory. The carrier added that passengers on flights to Singapore will also undergo a health assessment before boarding the aircraft which includes a verbal health declaration and temperature checks.
In response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the carrier has extended its flight cancellations until the end of June with flights to only 15 destinations.
Meals will be provided on all flights except for flights within South East Asia and services to China. A snack bag with water and refreshments will be provided upon boarding instead. The carrier said customers who require special meals can request one from a “reduced list” based on International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines.
The carrier has also cancelled its hot towel service, removed menus and magazines on all flights.