SINGAPORE – In a strategic move to bolster its global reach, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced plans to introduce non-stop flights between Singapore and London’s Gatwick Airport, creating a buzz in the aviation industry.
The much-anticipated inaugural service, SQ310, is slated to take off in June 2024, with an initial frequency of five times a week.
The revelation, made via an official press release on Monday (18 Dec), underscores SIA’s commitment to meeting the growing demand for seamless international travel.
The addition of Gatwick Airport to SIA’s extensive network represents a significant expansion, supplementing the airline’s existing four times daily services to London’s Heathrow Airport. This move elevates the total number of weekly flights to London from Singapore to an impressive 33, up from the current 28.
Travel enthusiasts and frequent flyers can mark their calendars, as tickets for SIA’s groundbreaking flights to London Gatwick will progressively become available for purchase through various distribution channels starting Tuesday (19 Dec).
This eagerly awaited development opens up new possibilities for travelers seeking efficient and convenient connections between the dynamic city-state of Singapore and the bustling metropolis of London.
Assuming regulatory approval, the outbound flight, SQ310, is scheduled to depart from Singapore on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the convenient time of 11:55 pm.
On the return leg, SQ309 will operate from Gatwick Airport on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with the first departure set for 22 June 2024, at 10:15 am local time.
The return journey will touch down in Singapore on June 23, 2024, at 6:20 am, offering passengers a seamless travel experience.
Singapore Airlines has chosen to deploy the long-haul variant of its Airbus A350-900 aircraft for the Gatwick route. This state-of-the-art aircraft boasts a comfortable configuration, featuring 253 seats spread across three cabin classes. Business Class will offer 42 seats, Premium Economy Class will provide 24, and Economy Class will accommodate 187 passengers, ensuring a range of options for discerning travelers.
The inclusion of Gatwick Airport in SIA’s network expands the airline’s footprint in Europe to 14 destinations, underscoring its commitment to serving diverse markets.
Dai Haoyu, SIA’s acting senior vice president of marketing planning, emphasized that the introduction of this new service not only offers an additional flight choice for the Singapore-UK route but also opens up exciting travel options to other points in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer of London Gatwick, shared his excitement about the new route, highlighting its potential to enhance connectivity not only to Singapore but also across Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
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