Singapore Airlines extends capacity cuts to Manila, other destinations through May 2020

Aviation Updates Philippines – Singapore-based carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) will maintain its reduction in capacity through May 2020 with only a limited number of flights to Manila and 13 other destinations, citing a significant decline in demand for air travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAPACITY CUTS. Singapore Airlines will only be operating a limited number of flights to Manila and 13 other destinations in May 2020. Photo by Pixabay.

Similar to its April 2020 schedule, the carrier will serve Manila throughout the month of May with two weekly flights using an Airbus A350-900 aircraft. SQ910 will depart from Singapore every Monday and Friday at 9:30 AM and will arrive in Manila at 1:05 PM. The return flight, SQ917, will depart from Manila at 2:15 PM and will land in Singapore at 5:55 PM.

Singapore Airlines normally flies to Manila four times daily using a mix of Airbus A350, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Boeing 777 aircraft.

Aside from Manila, the airline will also be operating flights to the following destinations:

  • Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (three flights a week)
  • Frankfurt (three flights a week)
  • Hanoi (one flight a week)
  • Ho Chi Minh (two flights a week)
  • Jakarta (five flights a week)
  • Kuala Lumpur (three flights a week)
  • London-Heathrow (three flights a week)
  • Los Angeles (three flights a week)
  • Seoul-Incheon (two flights a week)
  • Shanghai-Pudong (one flight a week)
  • Sydney (three flights a week)
  • Tokyo-Narita (three flights a week)
  • Zurich (three flights a week)

SilkAir, a full-service regional airline and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will continue to operate one flight per week to Chongqing, China in May. The airline's flights to Cebu, Davao, and its other destinations throughout Asia remain canceled until further notice. Scoot, Singapore Airlines' low-cost subsidiary, currently only flies to Hong Kong and Perth.

Passengers whose flights had been canceled will retain the full value of the unused portion of their tickets as flight credits, according to the airline. Passengers will also be awarded bonus credits when rebooking trips based on the cabin class they had originally booked.

Singapore Airlines first announced a 96 percent reduction of its flights in April. As a result of these capacity cuts, the airline has grounded most of its aircraft, including its entire Airbus A330-300 and A380-800 fleet.