Exclusive: SIA reduces London flights

15 Jan 2009 by intern11

Declining passenger numbers has prompted Singapore Airlines (SIA) to temporarily suspend a number of flights on key routes.

It comes as a surprise in the case of London because, traditionally, SIA has struggled to meet
demand for its UK
services and that is why our capital city was made a priority for the carrier’s

The flight cuts on the London
run see flight SQ319 (which leaves Heathrow at 1815) and inbound flight SQ308
(departing Singapore
at 0905) not operating on various dates between January 26 and March 26.

These particular flights out of London are operated by B747-400s and are timed mainly for
passengers bound to or from Singapore
and/or Malaysia. Schedules for SIA’s existing twice daily A380
super jumbo flights (these offer more onward connections out of Singapore)
remain unchanged.

London is not the only affected city. Other SIA schedule changes include:

  • A reduction in services from
    three to two weekly between Rome and Singapore
  • A number of flights
    suspended between Singapore
    and Shanghai, Guangzhou,
    Hong Kong and Seoul
  • Some underperforming
    services are dropped between Singapore,
    Brisbane and Sydney

The economic situation in Singapore is
similar to that being experienced elsewhere. The City State
has entered recession and its visitor numbers have been hit by the global
economic downturn.

Commenting on the situation regarding London,
an SIA spokesman says, “As part of an ongoing strategy of aircraft deployment
and optimisation, SIA occasionally alters services across the network,
including reducing frequencies during periods of lower demand (and indeed,
adding frequencies during periods of high demand) hence the decision to
temporarily decrease services from London has been planned for some time.”

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Alex McWhirter

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