Singapore Airlines to cancel plans for two flights to Sydney: "no clarity" on international arrival cap says airline group
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has cancelled two flights a week to Australia until the end of the year due to a lack of information from government about the future of the country's cap on arriving international passengers. Read More » "We have no clarity on the removal of international arrival caps throughout the October to December period, so we have had to make the very difficult decision that we simply can’t operate the two additional flights we were hoping to do into Sydney," SIA public relations manager for Southwest Pacific, Karl Schubert, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in a radio interview today.
Schubert said SIA was carrying between 12 and 25 passengers on each inbound flight to Australia. But on some days there was no allocation given to carry passengers so the airline had to cancel the flight scheduled for that day. The government has set a cap of about 2,238 international passenger arrivals a week into the country spread across all of the nation's states and territories. Australia has said the international border will reopen when 80% of the population aged 16 years and over was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.