One could say that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is returning to its routes.
I say that because next month it will start a new fifth-freedom route linking Copenhagen with Rome.
I recall the days when SIA first served Europe in the early 1970s.
Back then it operated B707s. Traffic volumes (at that time) were not always sufficient to sustain service to a single city. Hence a single SIA flight might serve more than one destination.
And it’s a similar scenario today with traffic volumes depressed by the pandemic.
The flights shown below originate from and depart (Europe) for Singapore.
They start on July 16 from Copenhagen and July 17 from Rome.
They operate three times a week with A350 aircraft configured with 42 business, 24 premium economy and 187 economy class seats.
- Flight SQ352 departs Copenhagen at 0815, arriving into Rome at 1035 (Tuesday/Sunday/Friday)
- Flight SQ351 departs Rome at 0835, arriving into Copenhagen at 1100 (Monday/Wednesday/Saturday)
Normally with fifth-freedom flights the travel trade will sell tickets at a lower price than can the airline.
Says Erwin Widjaja, general manager for SIA in Northern Europe:
“We are very pleased to be able to offer Norwegian and Scandinavian customers a route to Rome. All our prices include luggage, refreshments and free entertainment.”