Singapore Airlines changes hubs in New York

SQ relocates Big Apple gateway from Newark to JFK Airport

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is relocating its operations in New York, commencing non-stop flights to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport effective 9 November 2020. The airline had been operating to Newark International Airport in nearby New Jersey, before pausing the service due to the pandemic.

Flights SQ24/23 will operate three times weekly, with the maiden service ex-JFK scheduled for 11 November.

The Star Alliance member carrier said operating to JFK would allow it to better accommodate a mix of passenger and cargo traffic on its services to New York in the current operating climate. SIA’s non-stop services to New York would also be supported by the growing number of transfer passengers who can now transit via Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Singapore Airlines will deploy Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft configured with 42 business class, 24 premium economy class and 187 economy class seats on the route.

Currently, SIA operates non-stop services to Los Angeles. It will continue to review its operations to the United States, and assess the growing demand for air travel amid the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, before deciding to reinstate services to other points in the country.

The carrier hasn’t specified which airport lounge its premium passengers will have access to at JFK. However a spokesperson for Singapore Airlines told LATTE at this stage the airline is not considering opening a SilverKris Lounge there.

Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class

“Operating these flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport represents an important step in the rebuilding of our global network. Non-stop ultra-long services are the bedrock of our services to the key US market. We will continue to ramp up existing services and reinstate other points as the demand for both passenger and cargo services return,” said Lee Lik Hsin, Executive VP Commercial for Singapore Airlines.

“Despite the challenging times for the airline industry, there are some early signs of optimism about a recovery in air travel. Our customers say that they are increasingly confident about air travel, given the robust health and safety measures that are in place, as well as testing regimes to protect them and our staff. This optimism is also driven by recent moves by countries such as Singapore, which are easing the restrictions on both transit and inbound passengers in a safe and gradual manner.

“The fundamental importance of air travel remains unchanged despite the pandemic. Air travel can bridge long distances and physically bring together families and friends, support both business and leisure trips, and has a direct impact on economic growth and job creation. That gives us confidence about the medium to long-term prospects for the industry.”

Flight Flight Days Departure Time* Arrival Time* Flight Time
SQ 24 SIN-JFK Mon, Wed, Sat 0225 0730 18 hours 5 minutes
SQ 23 JFK-SIN Mon, Wed, Fri 2230 0610 (+2 days) 18 hours 40 minutes

*All timings in local time

Lead image: New York’s Brooklyn Bridge | credit: Harry Gillen on Unsplash

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