Singapore Airlines adds new fifth-freedom route within Europe
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Travellers in Europe will soon have one more option to connect between Copenhagen and Rome, as Singapore Airlines has announced a new fifth-freedom route between the two cities beginning in July.
The airline will offer flights connecting the capital cities of Italy and Denmark three times a week — on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays — using an Airbus A350-900 jet with a configuration of 42 business seats, 24 premium economy seats and 187 economy class seats.
The service will launch 16 July on the following schedule:
- SQ352 Copenhagen (CPH) 8:15 a.m. Departure ⇒ Rome (FCO) 10:35 a.m. Arrival
- SQ351 Rome (FCO) 8:35 a.m. Departure ⇒ Copenhagen (CPH) 11 a.m. Arrival
The availability of a wide-body jet used for a relatively short-haul flight — it’s just a 2 hour, 20 minute flight from Copenhagen to Rome — is part of the appeal of fifth-freedom flight offerings like this. The fact that an airline known for its luxurious premium seats — not to mention what are considered some of the world’s best economy seats — doesn’t exactly hurt the appeal for AvGeeks.
Singapore Airlines is tagging these routes onto its long-haul flights from Singapore, which allows the carrier to get more value from its wide-bodies than if they just sit on a tarmac.
The debut of these new flight offerings means passengers between the two cities have more travel choices on top of the existing connections planned by competing airlines Norwegian, Ryanair and SAS.
Seats can be found in business class through economy for a relatively competitive price. For example, you can find return flights between the two cities for £397 through much of the summer. Keep in mind, that is in Singapore’s lie-flat business-class cabin.
Looking at Singapore Air’s frequent flyer programme, KrisFlyer, you can expect to be able to grab one of the carrier’s business seats for 30,500 miles each-way at the saver level or 35,000 one-way at the advantage level. In economy, you can expect to redeem 10,000 miles one-way at the saver level or 15,000 at the advantage level. In premium economy, it’ll cost 17,000 miles one-way at the saver level.
Keep in mind, too, that you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Singapore KrisFlyer at a 1:1 rate, meaning 30,500 Amex points could get you a one-way Singapore business-class flight within Europe.
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