SIA Group ramps up operations to support expanded Vaccinated Travel Lanes

Dancing in tandem with Singapore’s announcement yesterday (February 16) to expand the country’s Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) by March 4, 2022, the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group will expand its VTL network to 47 cities from 25 countries in the coming weeks.

Singapore Airlines will progressively add Dubai, Hong Kong, Manila, New York (Newark), and Phuket from February 25, and increase frequencies for flights between Singapore and several existing VTL destinations such as Bandar Seri Begawan, Colombo, Male, and Phnom Penh.

Singapore Airlines and Scoot are progressively expanding their Vaccinated Travel Lanes network

Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of SIA, will expand its VTL network to a total of 17 destinations.

New VTL services include flights from Cebu, Clark, Chiang Mai, Davao, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Krabi, London (Gatwick) via Bangkok, and Phuket.

An SIA spokesperson said: “Singapore’s VTL arrangements have helped to successfully unlock the pent-up demand for international air travel to and through Changi Airport. SIA has built up our VTL network in a calibrated manner over the last few months.

“By adding new VTL services and increasing the frequencies on several existing routes, the SIA Group can provide more travel options and greater flexibility for our customers.”

Commenting on the expanded operations, Scoot chief commercial officer, Calvin Chan, said: “The announcement of the expansion of the VTL scheme is an encouraging step for the travel and aviation industry, allowing us to cater to the pent-up demand for travel over the past two years, be it for work or school, to reconnect with friends and family, or to explore new experiences.”

Along with the boosted flight services, Scoot has kicked off a VTL sale where one-way airfares begin from S$65 (US$48.40), with taxes. A one-way ticket from Singapore to Sydney, for instance, is priced from S$209.

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