Singapore Airlines will reduce its fleet to just 9 planes by the end of the month. The airline announced that it will cut the majority of its operations by the end of March in the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic.
The carrier will be temporarily grounding 138 of its 147 aircraft, reducing capacity by 96%. This reduction in capacity follows the Singaporean move to ban most foreign visitors from entering or transiting through Changi Airport, the Singaporean Airlines hub.
Singapore Airlines are not currently in the position to clarify when normal operations will resume. A list of flight is available on their website, some of which extend as far as the summer season.
Singapore Airlines is the most recent carrier to reduce operations amid travel bans that are in place across the globe. Other affected airlines include Emirates, Etihad Airways, American Airlines, Delta, and United. Cuts are likely to persist due to the vulnerability of the travel and aviation industry in this extremely difficult time.
The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) updated its exceptional travel advisory notice to advise all British tourists and short-stay travellers who are currently abroad to return to the UK where flight options are still available. The advice is not aimed at those who normally reside abroad. British citizens who normally reside abroad should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities in their host country.
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