Dhaka: Singapore Airlines has announced to resume scheduled passenger services to Auckland and Christchurch from June 9.
Auckland will see a twice-weekly service, while Christchurch will be once-a-week. Those will be the first scheduled flights by the airline to New Zealand since March, following the closure of borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Auckland will be serviced twice weekly with SQ285 departing Singapore at 00:05 on Tuesday morning and arriving in New Zealand at 13:40 local time. The return flight will depart Auckland as SQ282 on Wednesday at 23:20 and arrive in Singapore the next morning at 06:10 local time.
The second weekly service to Auckland will operate as flight number SQ281 departing Singapore at 08:45 on Friday, arriving in Auckland on Friday evening at 22:20 local time. The return flight will operate as SQ286, departing Saturday afternoon at 15:15 and arrive in Singapore at 22:05 local time.
The Christchurch service will operate as SQ297, departing Singapore on Sunday evening at 23:00 arriving in Christchurch at 12:40 Monday afternoon. It will then depart Christchurch on Tuesday at 09:00, arriving in Singapore at 15:50 local.
The flights will be operated by Singapore Airlines A350-900 aircraft.
Kenny Teo, General Manager of Singapore Airlines in New Zealand said the airline has been maintaining a cargo service to the country over the last few months.
"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," said Teo.
"While borders around the world remain closed, these flights will provide important cargo capacity for import and export between the cities and our global network, while allowing those who have an urgent need to travel, or return home, to do so.”
"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. There is still a long way to go before any significant and meaningful return of capacity is possible,” he concluded.