Singapore Airlines, Scoot to increase flights to South Korea, China and Japan
The additional services will begin in October and early November in preparation for the year-end holiday season.
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group will reinstate flights and increase services to key destinations in East Asia, such as China, Japan and South Korea, as border restrictions further ease across the region.
This is to meet the “strong demand” for international travel in the year-end holiday season and in the first quarter of 2023, the airline announced in a press release on Monday (Oct 3).
Flights to Japan
From Oct 30, SIA will add SQ636 as a daily service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. This will amount to a total of four daily services that SIA will operate into Tokyo.
SIA will also reinstate flight SQ618 from Singapore to Osaka, amounting to two daily flights into the city. The SQ656 service to Fukuoka will increase to three flights per week.
Scoot will increase the frequencies of flights TR808 to Tokyo (Narita), TR898 to Tokyo (Narita) via Taipei and TR818 to Osaka to become daily services.
On Nov 1, flight TR892 to Sapporo via Taipei will also commence, with a frequency of three times a week.
From Nov 2, 2022 to Feb 27, 2023, Scoot will also add flight TR890 as a seasonal four-times weekly direct flight to Sapporo.
Flights to South Korea
From Oct 30, SIA will add a new daily service, SQ606, to Seoul. This brings SIA’s operations to South Korea’s capital to thrice daily.
Scoot will reinstate TR896 as a five-times weekly Singapore-Taipei-Seoul service.
From Nov 5, Scoot will also increase the frequency of flights to Jeju to five-times weekly, from its current thrice-weekly service.
Flights to Taiwan
From Oct 31, SIA will reinstate flight SQ876 as a four-time weekly service to Taipei, up from its current three-times weekly service.
Scoot will operate 18 weekly flights to Taipei, in line with its reinstatement of its Singapore-Taipei-Seoul services and its increased services to Tokyo (Narita) and Sapporo via Taipei.
Flights to Hong Kong
From Oct 30, Scoot will increase its current four-times weekly service to daily services.
Subject to regulatory approvals, SIA aims to increase its twice-daily services to three-times daily.
Flights to China
From Oct 11, SIA will resume SQ842 as a weekly service to Chengdu. Subject to regulatory approvals, the airline also aims to increase frequencies and resume services to more destinations.
Scoot will also increase flight TR138 to Tianjin to a twice-weekly service, up from its current weekly service. Scoot will also resume three weekly services – TR188 service to Hangzhou from Oct 3, TR116 service to Zhengzhou from Oct 12 and TR120 service to Wuhan from Oct 13.
SIA previously reinstated its twice-weekly Beijing-Singapore services on Sep 27 while Scoot resumed its weekly flights into Fuzhou and increased its flight frequency into Nanjing to twice weekly on Sep 26.
Scoot will also launch operations to Lombok and Makassar in Indonesia and resume services to Pekanbaru and Yogyakarta in October.
SIA stated that it will continue to closely monitor the demand for air travel and adjust its services accordingly.