Singapore Airlines has launched its second direct route to the UK and its first trans-Atlantic flight between the UK and US.
The new Singapore-Manchester-Houston service marks a switch from the previous route that operated between the Asian and US cities via Moscow. Flights commenced on 30 October 2016 and will now operate five times a week. The airline previously flew to Manchester via Munich, and this service has also now been terminated. However, SIA will continue to operate direct flights to both Moscow and Munich.
The new flight will now depart Singapore at 0235 and arrive in Manchester at 0900. It will then take off from the UK city at 1015 and arrive in Houston at 1535. The return flight will depart Houston at 2015 and arrive in Manchester at 1005, before leaving again at 1135 and finally reaching Singapore at 0820.
“Our new non-stop routes to Houston and Singapore from Manchester are the first outside of London to offer travellers more convenient travel to Texas,” stated SIA’s vice president for Europe, Subhas Menon. “With our partnership with Flybe, these routes are also open to travellers from 11 cities across the UK including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.”
Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said the new routes would alleviate some of the “uncertainty following the Brexit vote”.
“This new east and west route connecting America to Manchester and on to Asia, clearly highlights the role we play with connecting the north to international markets, unlocking trade, tourist and economic opportunities,” he commented.
The launch comes just a week after SIA kicked off a new direct flight from Singapore to San Francisco. It now operates to four US destinations: San Francisco (direct and via Hong Kong) Los Angeles (via Seoul and Tokyo), New York (via Frankfurt) and Houston (via Manchester).