SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) will not be operating a Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney service, as planned.
The new flight which was to have been launched on Nov 23 has been put on hold due to runway maintenance works at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
SIA said in statement on Wednesday (Nov 9) that the Indonesian civil aviation authorities had initially issued the airline a written approval and airport slots had also been secured.
"However, SIA has been informed by the Indonesian civil aviation authorities that they are now unable to approve the flights due to runway maintenance works at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which also affect other airlines" the airline said.
SIA which apologised for the inconvenience said it will progressively contact customers with bookings on this route and help put them on other flights.
In response to media queries, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said that it is aware of SIA's plans. "SIA's new service will enhance air connectivity between Singapore, Jakarta and Sydney, which will facilitate people and trade flows between these cities.
"We hope the Indonesian Civial Aviation Authroities can give approval for this new service as soon as possible so that it can be launched, " CAAS said.