Singapore Airlines will restart passenger flights to Auckland and Christchurch next Tuesday 9 June.
The airline said today that it would re-instate its twice-weekly services to Auckland and once-weekly services to Christchurch, which were suspended in March because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We are committed to ensuring New Zealand remains globally connected in a Covid-safe manner during these challenging times, whether it be keeping key trade channels open or allowing for essential travel to occur,” Singapore Airlines’ general manager for New Zealand, Kenny Teo, said.
“Throughout the course of the pandemic, we continued to operate our three-times weekly freighter services to ensure essential supplies reached New Zealand shores and exporters could continue to send their produce to markets around the world.
“Last week we announced the introduction of five-times weekly cargo-only passenger flights to Auckland to help meet increasing demand, and from Tuesday 9 June, two of these flights will operate as passenger and cargo services, while the other three will continue as cargo-only.”
The re-instated flights were part of the airline’s implementation of its global Minimum Connectivity Network programme and would be operated by A350-900 aircraft. Services to Wellington were not part of the new schedule.
“While it is exciting to see more capacity added to the New Zealand market, our excitement is tempered with an understanding that this is a very small first step in the return of international travel,” Teo said.
“There is still a long way to go before any significant and meaningful return of capacity is possible.”
Teo said the Auckland and Christchurch passenger services would remain in place from 9 June through to 31 July but could change depending on the airline’s assessment of the international travel environment.
Singapore Airlines’ Minimum Connectivity Network schedule for New Zealand from 9 June:
24 Jun 2020 Singapore Airlines restarts return NZ services