Singapore Airlines to drop Abu Dhabi and Athens

16 May 2012

Singapore Airlines has announced it will cease flights to Abu Dhabi and Athens on October 26, 2012, due to “weak performance of both routes.” 

Currently, the carrier flies to Abu Dhabi three times per week and to Athens twice a week. Flights to the Greek capital will increase to thrice a week between July and September for the peak-season traffic before being dropped.

All passengers with confirmed tickets for travel on flights after October 26 will be eligible for refunds and all administrative fees will be waived. “Efforts will be made to contact affected customers to offer alternative travel options.”

While Abu Dhabi has been served by the airline only since 2006, the carrier’s flights to Athens have been operating since 1972, making the necessary decision “a difficult one,” according to a released statement by SIA.

However, the suspensions are “in line with Singapore Airlines’ policy to match capacity to prevailing market demand” in order to save operating costs against high fuel prices. A previous statement from the carrier with an overview of the rest of the year stated that demand in Europe and the United States "continues to be impacted by the anaemic economic outlook."

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Alisha Haridasani

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