After celebrating 50 years of flying to the UK this week, Singapore Airlines has announced the return of services to Manchester Airport.
Nonstop services between Manchester and Singapore will resume operation from 17th July 2021, after pausing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions.
Flights will resume three-times weekly between Manchester Airport and the South-east Asian city-state, with frequency to return to pre-pandemic levels in the future. Increase in services will also see the return of Singapore Airlines’ ongoing transatlantic connections to the Texan city of Houston.
Singapore Airlines’ history with Manchester Airport has been one of the longest on record. The Airline had been the airport’s longest serving long-haul carrier, having operated continuously since 1986, until the Covid-19 pandemic forced 98% of its flights globally to be grounded last year. The 2016 launch of transatlantic services to Houston, in the Airline’s 30th year of Manchester operations, became the first Singapore Airlines has ever operated from the UK. In 2017, the Airline also introduced the first commercial A350 flight from Manchester Airport, as the aircraft was introduced on the Manchester-Singapore-Houston route.
Mr Mohamed Rafi Mar, Singapore Airlines’ General Manager, UK and Ireland, commented:
Manchester and the northwest region have been a key part of our route network for over 30 years, so while it was never our intention to have an enforced break in service as has happened due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we are delighted to be able to make our return. As restrictions slowly ease, our dedicated Manchester staff are excited to welcome our customers back once more and we look forward to continuing our longstanding and deep connection with the city of Manchester and its surroundings.”
Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, Karen Smart said:
We are pleased to hear Singapore Airlines will be resuming its direct service from Manchester next month. Singapore Airlines is one of our longest serving airlines and we know its routes have been extremely popular with passengers from across the North over the years, both in terms of leisure and business travel. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Singapore Airlines to make this returning service a success, especially given the destination’s inclusion on the UK Government’s green list. Together, we hope to be able to relaunch the popular Houston service as soon as possible once travel to and from the United States is opened up.”