Singapore Airlines to restart Manchester connection

The airline will operate a thrice weekly service direct from Singapore/Changi to Manchester starting on July 17 

In the same week as Singapore Airlines celebrated its 50th anniversary of flying from the UK, the airline announced that it is set to return to Manchester Airport starting in July, with the route due to be operated by the carrier’s Airbus A350-900 fleet. 

The three weekly flights will operate from the Southeast Asian city on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday leaving at 1.45am local and arriving in Manchester at 8.30am. With the return services leaving the English city at 11.00pm and arriving at 7.00am the following day.  

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Singapore Airlines was the northern hub’s longest serving long-haul carrier, having operated continuously since 1986, until the Covid-19 pandemic forced 98% of its flights globally to be grounded last year. 

Mohamed Rafi Mar, Singapore Airlines’ general manager, UK and Ireland, commented: “Manchester and the northwest region have been a key part of our route network for over 30 years, so while it was never our intention to have an enforced break in service, we are delighted to be able to make our return.”  

Mar added: “We look forward to continuing our longstanding and deep connection with the city of Manchester and its surroundings.”       

The flights are restarting at a time when Singapore is one of the countries on England’s green travel list, first announced on May 7, which allows travellers to avoid ten days of self-isolation upon returning, instead taking a test before, during and after travel. 

Singapore Airlines also hopes to soon restart its westbound transatlantic connection from Manchester to Houston once travel restrictions currently in place for the US are relaxed.