Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will resume pre-pandemic operations in India by October 30, buoyed by a strong surge in air travel demand. Singapore Airlines announced on Tuesday that it will gradually increase the number of weekly flights to Chennai from 10 to 17.
Similarly, flights to Kochi will be increased to 14 times per week, up from the current seven, and flights to Bengaluru will be increased to 16 times per week, up from the current seven, according to the airline. According to a statement, SIA will operate nearly all of its pre-Covid operating capacity in India by October 30, 2022.
According to JoAnn Tan, Singapore Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning, “robust demand for travel to and from India, to points across the Group network, supports an increase in our services in this important market.” Prior to the pandemic, the airline flew to seven Indian destinations on 96 flights per week. SIA also plans to increase flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Paris, and Los Angeles as part of its efforts to increase capacity to 81% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year.
The airline industry, which has been battered by the pandemic for the past two years, is slowly limping back to normalcy, and the resumption of normal international flights is expected to provide a boost to this sector.