Singapore Airlines to resume Manchester service next month

Jun 9, 2021

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In a sign that travel continues on its rebound post-pandemic, Singapore Airlines is restarting its operations to Manchester (MAN) next month.

The airline announced on Wednesday that it will resume the nonstop flight between Manchester (MAN) and Singapore (SIN) as of 17 July. At launch, it’ll operate with three weekly frequencies using one of its Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

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When the route launches, it’ll operate on the following schedule:

  • SQ51 Manchester (MAN) 11 a.m. Departure ⇒ Singapore (SIN) 7 a.m. (+1) Arrival — on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • SQ52 Singapore (SIN) 1:45 a.m. Departure ⇒ Manchester (MAN) 8:30 a.m. Arrival — on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

“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 as has happened due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, we are delighted to be able to make our return,” Singapore Airlines General Manager for the U.K. and Ireland Mohamed Rafi Mar said.

Singapore is one of the 11 countries and territories that currently features on the U.K.’s green list. The inclusion of Singapore on the green list means that arrivals from the city-state do not need to quarantine in the U.K., and instead are required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, as well as a test within two days of arrival.

Related: All 11 countries and territories that are on the UK’s green list

However, Singapore is still not open to tourism. Visitors are not allowed to enter without prior permission from the Singapore government. Those who are permitted to enter must take a series of COVID-19 tests and quarantine for 21 days.

“We look forward to working with our colleagues at Singapore Airlines to make this returning service a success, especially given the destination’s inclusion on the UK Government’s green list,” Manchester Airport managing director Karen Smart said in a statement.

Prior to the pandemic, Singapore Airlines also operated a popular service from MAN to Houston, Texas (IAH). The airline said as part of its resumption of services from MAN that it hopes to restart the Houston service, which then continues on to Singapore.

“Together, we hope to be able to relaunch the popular Houston service as soon as possible once travel to and from the United States is opened up,” Smart said.

Singapore airlines is already flying nonstop flights from Singapore to London Heathrow (LHR).

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