SIA favours Heathrow over Manchester

31 Jul 2008 by Sara Turner

SIA is set to increase capacity at Heathrow in favour of Manchester cuts. The airline will
reduce its Manchester-Singapore route from a daily to a five times a week B777-200
service with effect from November 5.

It means
there will no longer be a Tuesday or Thursday flight out of Singapore or a Wednesday or Friday service back
from Manchester.

SIA was
unavailable for comment but the cuts are believed to be related to the economic
downturn and the need to better optimise the extra seats which the carrier will
soon be providing out of Heathrow.

It means
that Mancunians wishing to fly to or from Singapore on days when there is no
non-stop service will be offered connections through Heathrow with alliance
partner Bmi.

The extra
seats from Heathrow will be offered from September 20. They are being
made available through the use of the A380 superjumbo every day on flight SQ321
departing London
at 2205 and on inbound daylight flight SQ318 departing Singapore at 1245. Until then
the A380 will operate these services up to four times a week.

A380 flights SQ317 at 1155 from London and SQ322
at 2330 from Singapore
remain unchanged.

SIA is one
of the most important Asian carriers flying out of the UK. Besides serving Singapore, its flights provide dozens of onward
connections both within Asia and on to Australasia.

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information go to

Report by
Alex McWhirter

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