SIA, SilkAir slashes flights amid Covid-19 outbreak

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its regional subsidiary, SilkAir, will temporarily reduce flights across its global network in the next three months to May, due to weak demand as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.

Affected destinations include Frankfurt, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo, according to two travel advisories on the SIA and SilkAir Facebook pages.

Singapore Airlines cuts flights due to weak demand amid the Covid-19 epidemic

“We will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments as necessary,” the carrier stated in the same post, and affected customers will be notified and re-accommodated onto other flights.

The latest move follows major flight cuts by SIA to mainland China and Hong Kong.

Demand on flights to South Korea and Japan has been the hardest hit after China, according to DBS analyst Paul Yong who quoted SIA’s management team during a results briefing to analysts on Monday, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Currently, Singapore’s tally of 81 cases of the virus is the second-highest outside of China, after Japan. Last week, the Singapore Tourism Board projected visitor arrivals this year to fall by about 25 to 30 per cent due to the outbreak.

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