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SilkAir to resume flights to Cebu in June 2020

Aviation Updates Philippines – Singapore Airlines' full-service regional subsidiary SilkAir will resume its flights to Cebu in June, nearly three months after the carrier suspended services to nearly all of its destinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning June 10, SilkAir will fly to Cebu twice weekly, leaving Singapore every Wednesday and Friday. Flights between Singapore and Cebu will operate on the following dates:

Singapore to Cebu
  • June 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
  • July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
Cebu to Singapore
  • June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
  • July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

SilkAir flight MI0560 will depart from Singapore at 10:30 AM, arriving in Cebu at 2:00 PM. The return flight, flight MI 0559 will depart from Cebu at 2:50 PM and will land in Singapore at 6:35 PM.

Aside from Cebu, SilkAir will also resume its flights to Medan, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Flights to other destinations - including Davao - remain suspended until further notice.

SilkAir's sister airline Singapore Airlines, meanwhile, has also announced the resumption of its services to Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Brisbane, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Osaka, while low-cost subsidiary Scoot will be operating limited flights to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Ipoh, Kuching, Penang, and Perth.

All other flights that were originally scheduled to operate in June and July 2020 but are not listed in the flight schedules posted on the Singapore Airlines website will be canceled.

Despite the resumption of flights to and from these cities, travel restrictions imposed by the Singapore government remain in effect. This means that only Singapore residents, Permanent Residents, and Long Term Pass Holders (including Work Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass, Student's Pass) and In-Principle Approval Holders with an approval letter for entry from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will be allowed to enter Singapore. All short-term visitors are still banned from the country.

Transit passengers, who were originally covered by the ban, will now be allowed to pass through Singapore from June 2 onwards, but are expected to follow strict health and safety measures that are in place.

The resumption of flights marks the start of a slow recovery for the SIA Group, which has suffered heavily due to the ongoing global health crisis. Last month, the SIA Group reported a S$212 million net loss in the financial year ending March 31, its first loss in its entire 48-year history.

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