SIA Group sees boost in operations as quarantines and testing requirements are removed

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(PHOTO: Shutterstock) demand for air travel increased significantly in April 2022. Singapore removed all Vaccinated Travel Lane arrangements from 1 April 2022, and allowed fully vaccinated travellers to enter Singapore quarantine-free and without on-arrival COVID-19 tests. From 26 April 2022, Singapore also removed the pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement. Many key markets for the SIA Group also further relaxed their border control measures.

Singapore Airlines and Scoot, the two airlines in the SIA Group, carried a total of 1,452,500 passengers in April 2022, up 62.7 percent from the previous month. Group passenger capacity (measured in available seat-kilometres) reached 57 percent of pre-Covid-191 levels in April 2022, six percentage points above the month before.

The passenger load factor (PLF) for the month stood at 72.7 percent, the highest since the onset of the pandemic. This was an improvement of 18.2 percentage points month-on-month or 59 percentage points year-on-year. PLF improved across all route regions for both airlines.

Cargo operations registered a cargo load factor of 66.7 percent, or 25.4 percentage points lower year-on-year. Cargo capacity (capacity tonne-kilometre) grew 35.1 percent on the back of passenger flight resumptions across the network. Cargo loads (freight tonne-kilometres) declined 2.1 percent as cargo demand was affected by the pandemic controls in China. In addition, more bellyhold space was allocated for baggage carriage as passenger load factors improved.

During the month, SIA resumed operations to Davao and Cebu, while Scoot resumed services to Hat Yai and Kota Kinabalu. At the end of April 2022, the group’s passenger network covered 95 destinations including Singapore. SIA served 71 destinations2 while Scoot served 45 destinations as of end-April 2022.

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