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Substantial Changes to Singapore Airlines’ Route Network

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Singapore Airlines is making further substantial adjustments to its route network. The changes are being made to better match capacity with current and future projected demand.

The changes, listed below, will take place progressively and will apply for the rest of the Northern Winter schedule, ie till end-March 2009.

On India routes, Hyderabad-Singapore services (SQ439 and SQ438) will be reduced from four to three times weekly, with the suspension of the Saturday service from 21 February. There are no changes to flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

SQ405 and SQ406 will be reduced from a six times weekly service, to five times weekly service, between New Delhi and Singapore from 10 March to 24 March 2009, as flights on Tuesdays during that period will be suspended.

Services SQ421 and SQ422 operating between Mumbai and Singapore, will be progressively reduced from five to four times weekly services, starting 27 February 2009. Flights on Fridays will be suspended.

In Southeast Asia, services between Singapore and Bangkok (SQ972 and SQ975) will be suspended from 2 February until the end of the Northern Winter Schedule. Despite this reduction, Singapore Airlines will continue to operate 25 flights weekly to and from the Thai capital.

Frequency on the all-Business Class Singapore-Los Angeles and Singapore-Newark routes will reduce by two flights to five weekly flights on each route. The Tuesday and Wednesday services, where demand is lowest, will be suspended.

In Europe, SQ308 and SQ319 operating between Singapore and London Heathrow airport will be suspended on Mondays and Thursdays between 9 and 23 March 2009. Frequency on the Singapore-London route will reduce from 21 to 19 flights per week.

Services operating between Singapore and Zurich (SQ342 and SQ341) will be reduced from daily to five times weekly, from 9 March 2009. Singapore Airlines continues to operate 12 times weekly to Zurich.

In the Middle East, Singapore Airlines will commence four times weekly services to Kuwait, via Abu Dhabi, from 15 March 2009. With the introduction of SQ458 and SQ457 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Singapore Airlines will fly between Singapore and Abu Dhabi daily, up from the existing three times weekly service.

From 12 March 2009, Singapore Airlines will increase flights between Singapore and Cairo from three times a week to four. The four flights (SQ 492 and SQ493) will operate via Dubai. Frequency between Singapore and Dubai will be 16 per week.

The airline stated that changes to capacity throughout the network will continue going forward, in an effort to better match capacity with demand, in view of the economic downturn. Where changes are made, Singapore Airlines said it would inform customers so  they can be rebooked on alternative flights.

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