IN THE NEWS:
Singapore Airlines confirmed that customers travelling from Australia and New Zealand are now able to transit through Singapore Changi Airport on a one-way basis to parent SIA Group’s global network. The one-way channel is subject to a number of restrictions and requirements, including that connections must be no longer than 48 hours and only between SIA Group (Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot) services.
Customers will only be able to transit in Changi via SIA flights departing from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch, as well as Scoot services ex Perth.
Passengers must also comply with all Government requirements and restrictions for their departure and arrival ports. “The decision to allow customers travelling from Australia and NZ to destinations in the current SIA Group network via transiting through Singapore’s Changi Airport, is a small but welcome step in our journey towards recovery,” said Singapore Airlines Regional VP South West Pacific Philip Goh. He noted that travel restrictions remain in place both in Australia and NZ as well as many other countries, adding “opening of limited one-way transit is not a sign that international travel is back to normal”. “The one-way transit channel will allow those who wish to return home from Australia or NZ to do so, in a COVID-safe manner, both on board our aircraft and while in transit at Changi.” Customers wishing to book flights must ensure they review all transit and travel requirements, including whether they can legally depart Australia and NZ and whether they will be allowed entry at their country of arrival, Goh said. Transit passengers will be kept apart from non-transit passengers at Singapore Changi Airport as well as during the flights. Services may have limited or no seat selection available during the booking phase to meet distancing requirements, and customers transiting in SIN will be issued with wristbands upon arrival giving access to a designated transit holding area with wi-fi, food kiosks, restrooms, a smoking room and a “snooze corner”.