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Change in weekly flights by airlines in Singapore due to COVID-19 2020

For the week starting August 24, 2020, the number of scheduled flights in Singapore was down by 94.3 percent compared to the week of August 26, 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic saw countries going into lockdowns and closing their borders, thereby limiting global travel.

Pandemic brought Singapore’s flight traffic to a standstill

The coronavirus outbreak significantly impacted the aviation industry, as travel restrictions has resulted in flight cancellations all over the world, with the Asia Pacific region being one of the worst hit. For Singapore, the number of direct flights had been reduced to just 49 cities, compared with 160 before the pandemic. This had resulted in the suspension of operations in two terminals, severely impacting air traffic in Singapore in comparison to other major cities.

As travel restrictions started to ease, fast lanes arrangements have been established since June 2020 to facilitate essential business and official travel between Singapore and Brunei, Japan, Mainland China, Malaysia, and the Republic of Korea. Even though some countries started to recover as the coronavirus spread started being contained, the desired level of recovery for the aviation industry may take at least several quarters or even years.

Boosting Singapore’s connectivity with non-stop flights

Prior to the pandemic, Singapore has been leveraging on both its geographical and strategical position to harness traffic between South and Southeast Asia, as well as connect investor markets like the US and EU to Southeast Asia. In the wake of growing traffic, particularly within Asia, the route between Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport was ranked as the busiest international route of 2019, with 29,993 flights. In the same year, Scoot launched non-stop flights operating four days a week from Changi Airport to Changsha and Kunming – important centers of manufacturing and innovation in China.

Year-on-year change in weekly flight frequency in Singapore from January 6 to August 24, 2020

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Release date

August 2020



Survey time period

January 6 to August 24, 2020

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