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Singapore Airlines Unveils Ambitious Network Expansion Plans for 2024

The Singaporean flag carrier has announced it is increasing frequencies and flight capacities on a number of international routes from later this year

by Fergus Cole

August 11, 2023

Photo: Boeing 777-300ER. Courtesy of Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has revealed its extensive global network expansion strategy for the upcoming year, building upon its strong recovery from the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following a period of record profits, the renowned carrier is set to enhance its operations in 13 countries across four continents. Rather than introducing new routes, the expansion focuses on bolstering capacity on existing destinations through increased flight frequencies and the deployment of upgraded aircraft.

Australian Expansion

In Australia, Singapore Airlines aims to augment connectivity by increasing flights between Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) and Darwin (DRW) to a daily service commencing from March 31, 2024. 

While the number of flights to Cairns (CNS) will be reduced from five to four per week, the route will see an upgrade from Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Airbus A350-900 aircraft, resulting in a net capacity increase.

Photo: Singapore Airlines, Airbus A350-900. Courtesy of Saif Zaman / Unsplash

Furthermore, flights to Perth (PER) will be boosted to four per week starting from November 24, with an additional flight set to be added by March 31 of the following year. The airline is also increasing its presence in Melbourne (MEL), raising the number of daily flights to five from May 26.

Enhancing Asian Connectivity

Singapore Airlines is set to intensify its services to China, introducing a fourth daily flight to Shanghai (PVG) from October 1, with a fifth to be added by March 31, 2024. 

Similarly, a fifth daily service to Beijing (PEK) will be launched on May 1. Notably, Hong Kong (HKG) will witness an increase in connectivity, with a fifth daily service commencing on October 29 and a sixth on August 1, 2024.

Photo: Hong Kong. Courtesy of Simon Zhu / Unsplash

Enhancements continue with a shift from five weekly flights to daily services between Singapore and Ahmedabad (AMD) in India. Meanwhile, the Singapore-Dhaka (DAC) route will experience a capacity boost, operating with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 from March 31, followed by a much larger Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner from July 4.

Tokyo Haneda (HND) in Japan will witness an increase in flight frequencies with the addition of a third daily service from October 1, followed by a fourth from September 1, 2024.

In Southeast Asia, Singapore Airlines will elevate the flight frequency to Da Nang (DAD) in Vietnam from three to daily flights beginning October 29. Similarly, flights to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) will increase daily from March 31, with a second daily service to be introduced from August 1.

Photo: Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Courtesy of Singapore Airlines

Flight frequencies to Yangon (RGN) in Myanmar will rise from seven to ten per week from August 2, while the Male (MLE) route to the Maldives will transition to a higher capacity Airbus A350-900.

The airline’s commitment to Dubai (DXB) will also be reinforced, with an additional four flights scheduled from Singapore, elevating the weekly total to 11.

European and American Expansion

In Europe, Singapore Airlines is set to reintroduce the Airbus A380 for flights to Frankfurt (FRA) in Germany, significantly boosting capacity compared to the current A350-900 aircraft operating on the route. Similarly, flights to Copenhagen (CPH) in Denmark will increase daily from July 1.

Photo: New Business Class, Airbus A380. Courtesy of Singapore Airlines

Lastly, Singapore Airlines will bolster its United States connectivity by elevating the number of weekly flights to Seattle (SEA) from three to four, responding to growing demand.

JoAnn Tan, Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning at Singapore Airlines, expressed excitement about the upcoming expansion, emphasizing the airline’s commitment to meet evolving demand patterns while providing passengers with enhanced choice and flexibility. 

As the airline unveils its Northern Summer schedules, travelers are invited to plan their journeys for 2024, anticipating a future of expanded connectivity and elevated experiences.