Two weekly services to Auckland and one service to Christchurch
Auckland, June 2, 2020
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced resumption of scheduled passenger services to Auckland and Christchurch as part of its minimum connectivity network.
The schedule will be in effect until July 31, 2020 but subject to developments.
The re-instatement of twice-weekly services to Auckland and once-weekly services to Christchurch from Tuesday, June 9, 2020, will mark the first scheduled SIA passenger flights to the cities since the Airline ceased operations in March following the closure of New Zealand and Singapore’s borders due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Small, first step
Singapore Airlines New Zealand General Manager Kenny Teo said that the reintroduction of flights to the two cities is a small step towards re-establishing the Airline’s New Zealand network.
“We are committed to ensuring New Zealand remains globally connected in a Covid-safe manner during these challenging times, whether it be keeping key trade channels open or allowing for essential travel to occur. Throughout the course of the pandemic we continued to operate our three-times weekly freighter services to ensure essential supplies reached New Zealand shores and exporters could continue to send their produce to markets around the world,” he said.
Mr Teo said that the Airlines announced last week introduction of five-times weekly cargo-only passenger flights to Auckland to help meet increasing demand, and that from June 9, 2020, two of these flights will operate as passenger and cargo services, while the other three will continue as cargo-only.
This move is another small step in the long journey to returning to regular operations, he said.
“While borders around the world remain closed, these flights will provide important cargo capacity for import and export between the cities and our global network, while allowing those who have an urgent need to travel, or return home, to do so. While it is exciting to see more capacity added to the New Zealand market, our excitement is tempered with an understanding that this is a very small first step in the return of international travel,” Mr Teo said.
He agreed that there is still a long way to go before any meaningful return of capacity is possible.
Public health, a priority
“Our top priority remains the health and safety of our customers and crew, and we will work closely with the authorities to safeguard this in every area of our operations, ensuring these services are safe and successful. We continue to monitor the changing border restrictions globally and when appropriate, will make further changes to our minimum connectivity network,” Mr Teo said.
In addition to the New Zealand services, Singapore Airlines will resume once weekly operations to Adelaide and twice-weekly to Melbourne, three-times weekly services between Singapore and Sydney and, pending regulatory approval, mount a new twice-weekly circular operation between Singapore-Sydney-Brisbane-Singapore.
Other destinations served as part of the minimum connectivity network include, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Narita, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai and Zurich.
A full schedule of SIA’s minimum connectivity network along with more details on the specific dates can be found at www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/media-centre/news-alert/?id=k88gnin9