Singapore Airlines announces April schedule, including London, LA, and Frankfurt

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Singapore Airlines has published its pared-back international flight schedule for April, as the coronavirus pandemic sees carriers around the world cut back on routes.

It includes links to London, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, and Zurich.

However, an advisory while booking notes that only citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter or transit through Singapore due to the current ban on all short-term visitors.

From March 30, all long-term pass holders (such as long-term visit passes or student passes) also need approval before entering or returning to Singapore.

Returning citizens and long-term residents will be issued a 14-day ‘stay at home notice’.

The full Europe schedule is as follows:

SQ318 Singapore – London: April 1

SQ317 London – Singapore: April 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

SQ322 Singapore – London: April 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30

SQ326 Singapore – Frankfurt: April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29

SQ325 Frankfurt – Singapore: April 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

SQ346 Singapore – Zurich: April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29

SQ345 Zurich – Singapore: April 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

Many flights appear to have already sold out on the airline’s website.

Its only North America flight will be to Los Angeles, on the following days:

SQ38 Singapore – Los Angeles: April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29

SQ37 Los Angeles – Singapore: April 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

Sydney flights will operate on:

SQ211 Singapore – Sydney: April 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28

In Southeast Asia (full schedule at link) flights are set to run to Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila, while elsewhere in Asia they are scheduled for Chongqing, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

The carrier will also fly to Sydney.

British Airways has been operating flights from Sydney to London Heathrow with a fuel stop in Singapore, with passengers remaining onboard throughout the long journey.

However, the tickets are not available to book from April 9.

British Airways told Business Traveller the situation was fast-changing, and that it could not provide information on its future schedule.

The UK Foreign Office yesterday announced that it will arrange charter flights to help get British nationals home from countries that have introduced flight bans.

Anyone stuck overseas should check the latest information with the British Embassy or High Commission in the country they are in.

Speaking about the charter flights on BBC’s Today program, the UK’s Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said:

“It’s a country by country approach. People will learn about the flights in the coming days and weeks.

“We will go to a country, try to give warning of that rescue flight, encourage booking through a booking channel via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and encourage them to book, giving priority to the old and vulnerable in situations where there are a lot of people.

“They will book through the travel management company that the government has put in place.”

BA has already operated some rescue flights to Peru.