Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) flights from Manchester to Singapore resumed on Saturday (July 17) after a pause of nearly 16 months amid the pandemic.
Initially, the direct service will operate three times a week with an A350-900 aircraft featuring economy, premium economy and business class cabins.
There are onward connections to Phuket, Thailand, which is now allowing fully vaccinated UK travellers to arrive quarantine-free.
Singapore Airlines offers flights to the Thai island resort on its regional airline SilkAir.
Mohamed Rafi Mar, UK and Ireland general manager, said SIA is one of the first airlines to welcome passengers to the new Terminal 2 at Manchester.
Karen Smart, Manchester airport’s managing director, added: “Singapore Airlines is one of our longest serving airlines and we know its routes have been extremely popular with passengers from across the north over the years.”
She also said the airport hopes to be able to relaunch the popular Houston service with SIA “as soon as possible once travel to and from the United States is opened up”.
Singapore is on the British government’s green list of destinations. However, only Singapore citizens and permanent residents can enter Singapore without permission from the Singapore government.
Everyone granted permission to enter Singapore will be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival and arrivals from most destinations will be issued with a Stay at Home Notice (SHN) for 14 days. For arrivals from the UK and from most destinations the SHNs must be served at a government designated hotel. The cost must be met by the traveller.