SIA expected to cut more flights to Europe

SIA has also cancelled flights to countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and several locations in Europe.
SIA has also cancelled flights to countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and several locations in Europe.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has cut more flights to China and Italy, with more cancellations to Europe set to come after Singapore announced new travel restrictions.

An SIA spokesman said Singapore Airlines is assessing the impact of Friday's (March 13) announcements by the Singapore Government on its operations.  

This adds to a slew of flight cancellations by both airlines which have already axed thousands of flights as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a statement on SIA's website, the cuts announced to date will result in a 15.6 per cent reduction in capacity for the two airlines.

In total, SIA Group, which also comprises budget airline Scoot, has cut its capacity by 18.7 per cent compared with what it had originally scheduled from February to the end of May.

SIA and SilkAir have also cancelled a number of flights to and from several cities in India until April 26.  

Other international airlines such as China Eastern Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways have also cancelled flights to India.

India's Health Ministry said on Wednesday (March 11) that it would suspend a vast majority of visas to the country in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Millions of foreign nationals of Indian origin, who are traditionally granted visa-free access, will now need to apply for a visa to enter the country.

The ministry had also urged Indian nationals to avoid all non-essential travel abroad.

 
 
 

SIA has also cancelled flights to countries such as Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and several locations in Europe.

The airline industry has been hit hard by the outbreak, with experts estimating that the global aviation sector may lose some $157 billion in revenue this year as a result of the coronavirus.

Airlines around the world have been forced to cancel flights and delay plane orders due to increasing flight restrictions and a sharp drop in demand.

Correction note: This story has been updated for clarity.