Singapore Airlines Reintroduces ‘Seasonal’ Direct Flights from Seattle to Singapore for a Limited Time – AirlineGeeks.com
[ Airlines ]Oct. 29, 2021 4:13 p.m. ET
By Putu Deny Wijaya
Singapore Airlines is reintroducing “seasonal” direct flights from Seattle to Singapore for a limited time
Singapore Airlines will resume flights from Seattle to Singapore from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for a short period beginning in December to enable vacation travel from Christmas to Lunar New Year.
The airline’s 253-seat Airbus A350-900 will arrive in Seattle Tacoma from Nov.
In 2019, Singapore Airlines started flying non-stop to Singapore from Sea-Tac, but the service was suspended in early 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic
This seasonal Seattle-to-Singapore flight, said James Boyd, Vice President of Public Relations at Singapore Airlines, will “give customers the chance to hang out with loved ones over the holiday season” and another option for people in Seattle and Vancouver a vacation trip. According to Boyd, the route can be extended beyond the holidays depending on demand.
Two of these weekly seasonal flights from Seattle to Singapore will be part of Singapore’s expanded “Vaccinated Itineraries” initiative. Starting October 19, fully vaccinated tourists from the US and a number of other countries can travel to Singapore without quarantine.
Travelers must be vaccinated to travel on these vaccinated itineraries, and passengers on other Singapore Airlines Sea-Tac flights will be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival, even if they are vaccinated, Boyd said. So if you are vaccinated and want to escape the quarantine in Singapore, be sure to take a vaccinated flight on the itinerary. In the past, travelers from the USA were obliged to a 14-day quarantine regardless of their vaccination status.
According to Perry Cooper, a spokeswoman for Sea-Tac Airport, airlines have gradually resumed international routes from Seattle. The airport has restored 65 percent of its international flights from before the epidemic. According to Cooper, Delta Air Lines resumed service to Paris on September 14th. Icelandair resumed operations in May. Condor has been flying residents from Seattle to Frankfurt since July. British Airways resumed flight operations in July. According to him, WestJet will resume service to Calgary on November 4th and Air France will resume service to Paris in December.
Singapore’s Vaccinated Itinerary Program aims to make it easier for vaccinated US citizens to visit Asia. The 14-day arrival quarantine that lasted until last week meant Singapore was practically closed to U.S. citizens looking for a quick vacation getaway.
Japan recently banned travel from the United States and many other countries, except in exceptional cases. The few US travelers who have been granted entry to China must be quarantined for 14 days. Thailand is also enforcing a 14-day quarantine for US travelers.
Singapore has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 infections since early September, with the Ministry of Health reporting 3,703 new cases on October 9, the highest one-day increase in cases since the pandemic began. However, the number of serious cases remains low, with 83% of the country fully vaccinated.
Putu Deny Wijaya has always been an avid aviation enthusiast and grew up in Indonesia, where aviation is very important. His first love is The Queen of The Skies, who operates the long-distance routes between Jakarta and Denpasar. He brought this passion with him throughout his studies by completing his bachelor’s degree in the Netherlands to experience a 14-hour non-stop long-haul flight. For Putu, there are no limits when it comes to aviation. He hopes to combine his passion for aviation with financial knowledge.
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