Coronavirus: Prices double for some flights to China

Passengers, wearing face masks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International airport, on Jan 31, 2020.
Passengers, wearing face masks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International airport, on Jan 31, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

The drastic reduction in flight capacity to and from China has significantly pushed up ticket prices of the remaining flights, and many Singaporeans have no choice but to pay up.

For instance, a one-way ticket on Singapore Airlines (SIA) from Singapore to Beijing is now going for more than $1,100 - about the price of a last-minute ticket before Chinese New Year, a peak travel season. The same flight during a non-peak period would go for between $500 and $600.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2020, with the headline 'Supply drop pushes up flight prices to China'. Subscribe