Singapore Airlines delays 5th Freedom Sydney flight

Singapore Airlines says it has been forced to delay the planned launch of its Singapore – Sydney via Jakarta service owing to runway usage restrictions in force at the Indonesian capital’s airport.

A Singapore Airlines B777-200ER, the aircraft which will operate the route. Copyright: Singapore Airlines
The carrier had planned to launch a 3 weekly service using 5th Freedom rights on the Indonesia-Australia sectors, on Wednesday, November 23, using the following schedule (provided by routesonline.com):

SQ261 SIN2015 – 2100CGK2225 – 0930+1SYD 772 135

SQ262 SYD1100 – 1435CGK1535 – 1810SIN 772 246

“The Indonesian civil aviation authorities had issued SIA written approval, and SIA had secured the necessary airport slots,” it said. “However, SIA has been informed by the Indonesian civil aviation authorities that they are now unable to approve the flights due to runway maintenance works at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which also affect other airlines.”

In addition, the airline’s previous plan to increase Singapore – Jakarta flights from 63 to 74 weekly has been postponed indefinitely.

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s runway issues have also affected home-based carrier Garuda Indonesia, which is only allowed to operate three of its six weekly flights to Amsterdam direct. The Indonesian carrier is forced to use a stopover in Singapore on the other 3 flights.

Likewise, its 3x weekly service to London Heathrow is also forced to stopover in Singapore.

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