SIA Cancels Over 100 Flights From March-May Due To Lower Demand Amid Covid-19 Fears
The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in emptier malls and cancellation of big events to reduce crowds.
Facing a similar decline in footfall, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is taking emergency measures too, and cancelling flights to various destinations.
They confirmed the cancellation in a news alert today (18 Feb).
SIA & SilkAir reduce flights due to poor demand
Perhaps taking precautionary measures to avoid crowds, many Singaporeans have been staying indoors most of the time.
Leaving home entails necessary tasks like buying food, groceries or heading to work, so travelling out of the country may be too far for some.
This current situation is likely why demand for flights has dropped drastically both going in and out of Singapore.
To adapt to current trends, SIA is cutting them down to reduce losses.
Flights to over 100 destinations affected
Inbound and outbound flights to popular destinations like London, Tokyo, Seoul, Jakarta and even Kuala Lumpur will not be available on certain dates.
For example, these are the cancelled Tokyo-Singapore flights from both Narita and Haneda.
To check the full list of trips affected, you can look at SIA’s document here.
Only flights from March to May are on the list, so those who are travelling on SIA and Scoot this month need not worry.
Customers re-accommodated to other flights
Customers who have bought tickets for any of the flights on the list should wait for a notification from SIA regarding any new arrangements.
SIA will most likely re-accommodate you to other available flights to your destination.
Those who booked their flights via travel agencies on the other hand will have to contact their agencies instead.
For any further inquiries, contact the SIA reservations team at (+65) 6223-8888.
Hopefully the situation is temporary
We hope that the drought of flights will only be a temporary situation, as Singapore relies quite heavily on them to boost our economy.
A recession because of the Covid-19 outbreak may be inevitable, but we have faith that Singapore will be able to overcome it.
What the government has in store for that will only be clear once Budget 2020 is out.
Featured image adapted from Changi Airport Group.