Singapore Airlines drops Canberra route in global downsizing

Marco Green
September 16, 2020

These flights will depart from and land in the Changi Airport which aims at boosting revenues for the airline.

Airlines around the world are having to cope with a drastic fall in air travel due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and low demand.

The airline will pull out of the Australian capital Canberra as well, Singapore Airlines' Regional Vice President for South West Pacific, Philip Goh, told Executive Traveller. "Australia and New Zealand remain key markets for the SIA group and we remain firmly committed to ensuring both countries remain connected through our Singapore Hub", he said. Comment has been sought from the airport.

The 4,300 job cuts will be spread across Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot.

Singapore Airlines has looked into partnering with Singapore Tourism Board in an effort to let customers pay for this travel with government-based tourism credits, according to a new report.

Singapore Airlines has yet to make an announcement about the reported flights.

Singapore Airlines' plan comes after a survey by Singapore Air Charter showed 75% of the 308 participants were willing to buy tickets on these types of flights, according to the Straits Times report.

In a statement released late last week the airline group said that "after taking into account a recruitment freeze, natural attrition, and the take up of voluntary departure schemes, the potential number of staff impacted will be reduced to about 2,400 in Singapore and overseas stations".

The group expects to operate at under 50 per cent of its capacity at the end of financial year 2020-21 versus pre-COVID-19 levels, and says industry groups have also forecast that passenger traffic will not return to previous levels until around 2024.

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