At last, some positive news for International travel! Singapore Airlines has announced it will increase its flights to Australia with three weekly flights to Perth from August 18. This will bring the total of Australian cities covered by Singapore Airlines back up to 5 with the exception of Canberra.
While Singapore Airlines never completely stopped flying to Perth, the few flights that did operate were cargo only. These cargo-only flights will now be shifted to Melbourne as long as the ban on international flights is in place. That said, on the outbound journey, Singapore Airlines will be allowed to carry passengers out of Australia.
Times & Schedule
The current schedule in place is effective until the end of September at which stage it could be extended or increased considering both Perth and Singapore are doing well managing the current COVID situation.
The flights will be operated by shiny new-ish Boeing 787-10’s which feature the all-new Singapore Airlines regional business class seat which we’ve reviewed in the past.
Singapore to Perth
- Tuesday: SQ223 Aircraft: B787-10 Departure: 10:05AM Arrival: 3:15PM
- Saturday: SQ223 Aircraft: B787-10 Departure: 10:05AM Arrival: 3:15PM
- Sunday: SQ223 Aircraft: B787-10 Departure: 10:05AM Arrival: 3:15PM
Perth to Singapore
- Tuesday: SQ223 Aircraft: B787 Departure: 4:35PM Arrival: 10PM
- Saturday: SQ223 Aircraft: B787 Departure: 4:35PM Arrival: 10PM
- Sunday: SQ223 Aircraft: B787 Departure: 4:35PM Arrival: 10PM
Summing Up: Perth – Singapore Travel Bubble?
Singapore Airlines starting up passenger flights again is a positive sign, and maybe even the gateway to a potential Perth Singapore travel bubble in the near future.
On paper, the situation in Singapore doesn’t look that great, but the reality is that the current infection rates are happening in the migrant worker camps. If you weren’t aware, Singapore imports these people to work on building the country’s infrastructure at extremely low prices compared to local workers. The migrant workers live outside the city in dorms where the virus has spread fast. Due to the lack of contact with the rest of the population, it also means that there is almost no transmission within the Singaporean community.
A travel bubble between Perth and Singapore would make sense because it’s much easier to control an international border compared to opening a state border. In addition, I’m sure the W.A. tourism industry would very much welcome Singaporean tourists.
H/T: Mainly Miles