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As the Singapore government progressively lifts restrictions on essential travel, these are the carriers that have resumed operation at Changi Airport

This story was updated on April 5, 2021.

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, 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 more countries are getting outbreak under control, more countries are attempting to cautiously open their borders once again. 

(Related: Covid-19 Vaccine: These Countries are Now Welcoming Vaccinated Travellers)

If you are planning to travel soon, read on to find out which carriers are currently embarking and disembarking in Singapore. 

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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. 

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United Airlines

United Airlines has been operating in Singapore for many years. Today, they have resumed many of their flights to and from Singapore and into the United States.

Passengers can travel to cities in the United States such as San Francisco, New York, Phoenix, Honolulu and more. 

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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.

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Emirates

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.

 

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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)

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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.

 

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Swiss

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.