SIA cuts flights as coronavirus outbreak weakens demand

- A Monitor Desk Report 19 Feb, 2020 | 1046 Views|-+
Dhaka: Singapore Airlines Ltd and SilkAir are cutting capacity across its global network for the next three months to May. The move comes after coronavirus outbreak has weakened demand for operations in the Asian city state and through the transit hub, the airline announced on February 18.

Frankfurt, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo are among the key affected destinations, the airline said on its website.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments as necessary,” the airline added in a statement.

The cuts follow major reductions already announced in services to mainland China and Hong Kong. In the December quarter, flights to mainland China made up 11 per cent of capacity for the airline, and more than that for budget arm Scoot.

Demand on flights to South Korea and Japan had been hit hardest after China, according to reports.

Singapore’s tally of 77 cases of the virus is one of the highest outside mainland China, where more than 1,800 people have been killed in the epidemic.

Last week, the Asian tourism and travel hub said it expected visitor numbers to drop by a quarter or more this year, hit by the virus outbreak.

Besides visitors to the city-state, Singapore Airlines also relies heavily on transit traffic. Premium travel has suffered after many business events were cancelled across Asia over concerns regarding the virus.

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