Singapore Airlines cuts more New Zealand flights and expects 'pace of deterioration to accelerate'

The airline had already made cuts to services last week.
The airline had already made cuts to services last week. Photo credit: Getty Images

Singapore Airlines has announced further cutbacks across its entire network, including its services to New Zealand.

In a statement released on Wednesday the company said will be operating just 50 percent of its already reduced schedule, which had previously been announced for April and May - and the airline expects further cuts to be made in the coming weeks.

"We have lost a large amount of our traffic in a very short time, and it will not be viable for us to maintain our current network," Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said.  

"Make no mistake - we expect the pace of this deterioration to accelerate. The SIA Group must be prepared for a prolonged period of difficulty."

Singapore Airlines flight changes:

  • Singapore-Auckland SQ 281 will be suspended from March 20 until March 27
  • Auckland-Singapore SQ 282 will be suspended from March 21 until March 28
  • Auckland-Singapore SQ 285/286 will be flying just three times a week from April 1 until April 30
 
  • Singapore-Christchurch SQ 297 will be suspended from March 29 until April 30  
  • Christchurch-Singapore SQ 228 will be suspended from March 30 until May 1
 
  • Singapore-Wellington SQ 247 will be suspended from March 21 until May 1
  • Wellington-Singapore SQ 248 will be suspended from March 22 until May 1

The airline is looking into other ways to urgently cut costs including talking to employee unions.

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