Singapore Airlines has announced plans for the return of its non-stop flights from Singapore to Manchester, starting on July 17th.
These flights will operate to and from Singapore, three times a week, using the A350-900 aircraft. It is anticipated that in due course, the flight schedule can gradually increase. The Singapore-based carrier also hopes to see the return of the westbound transatlantic connection to Houston, USA.
The Manchester route schedule will be as follows:
- SQ51 departing Manchester at 1100, Monday, Thursday and Friday; arriving in Singapore at 0700+1
- SQ52 departing Singapore at 0145, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday; arriving in Manchester at 0830.
Singapore Airlines has a long-standing relationship with Manchester Airport, being one of the longest on record. Being Manchester Airport’s longest-serving long-haul carrier, Singapore Airlines operated continuously since 1986, right until the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic forced the airline to globally ground 98 percent of its flights last year.
In 2016, Singapore Airlines launched its transatlantic services to Houston, the first of its kind operated out of the UK. The airline also launched the first commercial A350 flight from Manchester Airport in 2017, where the aircraft was introduced on the Manchester-Singapore-Houston route.
“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,” said Mohamed Rafi Mar, general manager, UK & Ireland.
He continued, “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.”
Karen Smart, Manchester airport managing director 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.”
She continued to add that the airport is looking forward to working with their colleagues at Singapore Airlines, to ensure the successful resumption of service. This especially since the destination is included 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,” said Karen.