By Tria Dianti
SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines (SIA) will increase flight frequencies to destinations across East Asia and Southeast Asia, including Airbus A380 services to Australia during its northern summer operating season (26 March to 29 October 2023).
This, the airline said in a statement on Tuesday (22 November), is to meet growing demand.
Destinations in East Asia and Southeast Asia, include Bangkok in Thailand; Busan and Seoul in South Korea; Fukuoka, Nagoya and Osaka in Japan; Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Siem Reap in Cambodia; and Taipei in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, in Australia, Melbourne will get a new daily Airbus A380 service and Sydney will get a second daily A380 service.
JoAnn Tan, SIA's senior vice president of marketing planning, said, "Looking ahead to 2023, we see stronger demand for flights to destinations across Southeast Asia, parts of East Asia, and Australia. As we restore our network to these regions closer to pre-pandemic levels, our customers have even more flight options as they make their holiday plans."
Flights to East Asia
SIA reinstate its flight to Busan from 2 June 2023, operating four weekly services on the Boeing 737-8. SIA will also add a fourth daily service between Singapore and Seoul from 1 June 2023 with the Boeing 787-10.
For travellers to Japan, from 1 May 2023, SIA will increase the flight frequencies of SQ618 (Singapore to Osaka) and SQ619 (Osaka to Singapore) from four-times weekly to a daily service. This will bring services to Osaka to 14-times weekly.
For travellers to Hong Kong, from 26 March 2023, the airline will operate SQ892 and SQ893, a daily service between Singapore and Hong Kong, using the A380 aircraft. SIA will also reinstate SQ896 and SQ897, a daily service between Singapore and Hong Kong SAR, with the Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, from 1 October 2023. This, the airline said, will see it operating four daily flights to Hong Kong.
For travellers to Taipei, SIA will step up the flight frequencies of SQ876 (Singapore to Taipei) and SQ877 (Taipei to Singapore) from four-times weekly to a daily service from 26 March 2023. Additionally, SQ878 and SQ879 between the two cities will increase from three-times weekly to a daily service from 31 May 2023. This will bring the weekly services to Taipei up to 14-times weekly.
Between Singapore and Thailand
SIA said it will add a fifth daily service, SQ706 and SQ705, between Singapore and Bangkok, operated by the A350-900 medium-haul aircraft, from 1 October 2023. From 26 March 2023, SIA will also add a fourth daily service, SQ726 and SQ725, between Singapore and Phuket, operated by the Boeing 737-800NG.
Between Singapore and Australia
The A380 will return to Melbourne after almost four years on 16 May 2023, while Sydney will receive a second daily A380 from 17 May 2023. The A380, SIA said, will replace the 777-300ER on SQ237 from Singapore to Melbourne, and the return service SQ228. SIA will also operate the A380 on SQ221 from Singapore to Sydney and the return flight SQ232, instead of the A350-900 medium-haul.