Singapore Airlines temporarily reinstates ‘seasonal’ direct flights from Seattle to Singapore

13-Oct-2021 Intellasia | SeattleTimes | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Beginning in December, Singapore Airlines will resume its Seattle-to-Singapore flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for a limited period designed to cater to holiday travel from Christmas through the Lunar New Year.

From December 2 to February 15, the airline’s 253-seat Airbus A350-90 will take off from Sea-Tac runways four times a week and stop briefly in Vancouver, British Columbia, before crossing the Pacific Ocean to Southeast Asia.

Singapore Airlines originally launched a nonstop flight from Sea-Tac to Singapore in 2019, but the route was canceled in spring 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

James Boyd, a vice president of public relations for Singapore Airlines, says this seasonal Seattle-to-Singapore flight will give customers “the opportunity to reunite with their loved ones during the holiday season” as well as give people in Seattle and Vancouver another option for a holiday trip. Boyd says the route could continue past the holidays depending on demand.

Two of these weekly seasonal Seattle-to-Singapore flights will operate as part of Singapore’s expanded “vaccinated travel lane” plan. Starting on October 19, it will allow fully vaccinated travellers from the US and several other countries to visit Singapore without having to quarantine upon arrival an option that’s been available to travellers from Germany and Brunei since the beginning of September.

Boyd says passengers have to be vaccinated to get on these vaccinated travel lane flights, and passengers on other Singapore Airlines flights from Sea-Tac will have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, even if they’re vaccinated. So the take-away for US travellers hoping to avoid the quarantine in Singapore: If you’re vaccinated, make sure to get on a vaccinated travel lane flight. Singapore previously required travellers from the US to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.

Perry Cooper, a spokesperson for Sea-Tac airport, says airlines have steadily re-established international routes from Seattle over the last several months. The airport has reached 65 percent of its prepandemic international flights. Cooper says Delta Air Lines restarted service to Paris on September 14. Icelandair resumed service in May. Condor has been flying Seattleites to Frankfurt, Germany, since July. British Airways also resumed service in July. He says WestJet will start service to Calgary on November 4 and expects Air France to resume service to Paris in December.

Singapore’s vaccinated travel lane programme should make it easier for vaccinated US residents to visit in Asia. The 14-day quarantine-upon-arrival requirement in effect until last week meant that Singapore was effectively closed to US residents looking for a quick holiday trip.

Japan recently banned travel from the US and many other countries, except under exceptional circumstances. The few US travellers granted entry to China are forced to quarantine for 14 days. Thailand also is enforcing a 14-day quarantine for US travellers.

Singapore has seen COVID-19 infections rise dramatically since the beginning of September, with the Ministry of Health reporting 3,703 new cases on October 9., the highest single-day increase in cases since the beginning of the pandemic. But the number of serious cases remains low, with 83 percent of the country fully vaccinated.


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