These Airlines Have Resumed Flights From Singapore
This story was first published on June 12, 2020, and updated on April 23, 2021.
Additional reporting by Camillia Dass.
From its emergence in December 2019, the Covid-19 virus has quickly spread across the globe, causing economies around the world to shut down.
One major industry that has taken the biggest hit is travel and tourism which has largely been halted in order for countries to reduce imported cases and keep the outbreak under control.
On March 25, 2020, the Singapore government issued a release disallowing entry or transit by short-term travellers through Singapore, and a travel advisory for Singaporeans to defer all travel abroad. This drastically put a stop to our travel industry.
Today, as more people worldwide are getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and digital passports are being trialled, more countries are attempting to cautiously open their borders once again.
If you are planning to travel soon, read on to find out which carriers are currently embarking and disembarking in Singapore.
1/14 Singapore Airlines
National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) and regional wing Silkair has been reinstating flights to a number of cities from 2020.
These cities include Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Brisbane, Cebu, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Medan, Melbourne and Osaka. They also recently added Brunei, Fukuoka, New York and Shenzhen to their network which brings its total to 36 cities.
With effect from June last year, passengers from selected cities in Australia and New Zealand—Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Auckland, and Christchurch—would also be able to transit through Changi Airport to any destination between airlines operated by SIA, SilkAir, or Scoot.
That said, their destinations are regularly changing due to the changing requirements of different countries. For example, Singapore Airlines is currently temporarily barred from operating in Hong Kong due to a positive Covid-19 case that was found on the flight as well as testing that did not meet Hong Kong's requirements.
The airline has also made several changes to ensure the safety of passengers. For instance, it has introduced an e-Library to replace reading materials, available on the SingaporeAir mobile app.
A Companion App also allows passengers to access KrisWorld, its in-flight entertainment system, through their personal devices.
2/14 Air India Express
Air India Express is a subsidiary of Air India and is India's first international budget airline. Before the pandemic, Air India Express was flying to about 33 destinations.
Today, Air India Express is flying out of Singapore and is bringing passengers to locations such as Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi, Tiruchirappalli, and more.
However, due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in India at the moment, Singapore has barred all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors who have travelled to India within the last 14 days. They will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore starting from April 23.
As the situation in India is constantly changing, do check on the updated rules and regulations before making plans to fly.
3/14 Cathay Pacific
In an advisory updated on June 12 last year, Cathay Pacific and its regional wing Cathay Dragon stated that it would continue operating a “skeleton passenger flight schedule in June and July” gradually increasing capacity from four per cent in June to about nine per cent in July. The carrier would also progressively resume flights to the Americas, Europe, Southwest Pacific, Mainland China, and the rest of Asia—including Singapore—over the two months.
Today, Cathay Pacific is flying to many more countries and cities such as Shanghai, Canada, Sydney, Israel and more. You can find the full list of their destinations here.
Take note if you are flying into Hong Kong though as the Hong Kong SAR government has introduced new entry requirements for passengers who have visited other countries and are ending their journey in Hong Kong.
4/14 Air Japan
Air Japan is a popular airline that runs under ANA Group. They have been flying since 2001 and have but up a reputation for their good service and high safety standards.
Air Japan is currently flying out of Singapore however they have very few flights and are mainly going to Tokyo.
(Related: Singapore and Hong Kong Finalising Air Travel Bubble Details, Says Ong Ye Kung)
5/14 Japan Airlines
Japan Airline is the first Japanese airline to operate overseas. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Japan Airlines has suspended many of its routes.
As the world slowly opens up, the airline is resuming many of its international flights. However, they are operating on limited frequencies with the airline announcing that they will monitor the demand.
Currently, Japan Airlines mainly flies from Singapore to Haneda and Narita.
6/14 Jetstar Asia
Jetstar is a popular name here in Singapore mainly because of the fact that they provide low rates for their flights and make a great option if you are on a budget. The Australian airline falls under Jetstar Group which consists of Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways and Jetstar Japan.
Jetstar Asia is currently operating in Singapore with their flights going to key places such as Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Penang.
7/14 Royal Brunei Airlines
Royal Brunei Airlines is currently operating on a temporary flying programme that directly connects Brunei to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Manila, Jakarta, Surabaya and London. This is in an effort to retain connectivity for guests who need to travel to certain destinations.
This means that many of its flights are limited. While it is operating out of Singapore, it only flies to Brunei.
(Related: Travellers Visiting Singapore Can Use an IATA Travel Pass From May 2021)
8/14 Garuda Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia is the national flag carrier of Indonesia and, before the pandemic, flew to over 90 destinations around the world.
With the pandemic, Garuda Indonesia is only flying passengers from Singapore to Jakarta.
Currently, though, Indonesian citizens are not allowed to return home for Eid al-Fitri. This means that passengers departing from Singapore to Jakarta must leave Singapore by April 30 so they will not be affected by the new regulations.
9/14 Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines started in 1933 and has steadily grown to be one of the biggest airlines in the world. In fact, before the pandemic, Turkish Airlines earned the title of the airline that flew to the most countries in the world.
Until recently, all international flights to and from Israel were suspended due to the pandemic. However, from March 21 2021, flights were able to resume with passengers having to present a negative Covid-19 test first.
As a result, Turkish Airlines now flies from Singapore to Istanbul.
10/14 China Southern Airlines
China Southern Airlines is the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China and ferries passengers around the globe while prioritising safety and customer service.
Currently, it transports passengers from Singapore to Guangzhou.
State-owned carrier Emirates resumed services between Dubai and Singapore on June 17 last year. As a result, it began flying into Singapore more regularly on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The airline is currently servicing a network of 40 destinations in the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Americas. These include cities such as Bologna in Italy, Barcelona in Spain and Athens in Greece.
Additionally, Emirates has resumed the airline's signature Chauffeur Drive service (CDS) and airport lounge for premium customers at its Dubai hub. This chauffeur service is also currently available at limited destinations.
12/14 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Having resumed 15 per cent of its flights in May 2020, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced on June 2 last year that it would further expand its route network—particularly in Southern Europe—in July 2020, operating 25 to 30 per cent of its normal flights.
The airline also introduced cargo-in-cabin flights on April 30 last year and reported that it carried passengers and cargo daily to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol between June 1 to June 7, 2020.
Based on flight schedules, KLM continues to offer flights to Singapore on a daily basis.
They are currently flying to a total of 152 destinations that include Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin and more, varying between a daily to a weekly frequency.
(Related: Vaccine Certificates: Singapore and Malaysia to Work on Establishing Cross-Border Travel)
13/14 Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways announced last year that it had become the largest airline in the world over the past three months, operating over 15,000 flights to take 1.8 million people home. It also shared plans to “gradually rebuild its network in line with passenger demand evolution and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world.”
It was last reported in June last year that it had expanded its network to over 85 destinations such as Bangkok, Barcelona, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Vienna, Maldives, Cape Town, Seychelles and Singapore.
The Singapore route was resumed from June last year and continues to fly regularly. Flights to Dublin, Milan and Rome were also recently increased to include a daily service.
From June last year, Swiss announced that it will be gradually expanding its route network. Today, though the company does not anticipate returning to full strength at least till the third quarter of 2021, they have managed to slowly resume many flights.
The airline initially focused on European countries such as Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome and Stockholm.
However, today, it is slowly adding more locations. Swiss currently operates flights to Singapore and Bangkok regularly as well with hopes to increase their network in accordance with the restrictions from different countries.