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SIA allows transit through Changi Airport from some Australian, New Zealand cities - Business Traveller
These transit flights are only for outbound journeys from a few cities in Australia and New Zealand
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir passengers flying from some cities in Australia and New Zealand are now allowed to transit through Changi Airport to any destination in the SIA Group network currently operated by SIA, SilkAir or Scoot. These transit flights are only for outbound journeys from a few cities in Australia and New Zealand, said SIA in a statement posted on its website. In Australia, these cities are Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth (Scoot), and Sydney. In New Zealand, these cities are Auckland and Christchurch. Passengers will not be able to transit from other points in the SIA Group network through Singapore into these cities, the carrier noted in a statement. “Customers should ensure that they meet the entry requirements for their final destination,” said SIA. Transfers are only allowed on flights between airlines within the SIA Group (Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot). Transfers to and from flights operated by other airlines “is currently not permitted”, SIA added. In its announcement, SIA said transit and non-transit passengers will be kept apart at Changi Airport “in line with regulatory requirements”. When passengers transit through Changi Airport, they will be given a wristband, which indicates their access to the designated transit holding area. “They should not remove the wristband throughout the time they are in the transit holding area,” said SIA. According to the airline, if the transit time is less than 75 minutes, customers will be ushered directly to their boarding gate, but if the transit time is more than 75 minutes, passengers will be ushered to a designated transit holding area at their departure terminal before boarding their connecting flight. Customers will not be able to make any stops along the way, and will have to stay within the transit holding area at all time, said SIA. Facilities in the transit holding area will include complimentary WiFi, food kiosks, vending machines, restrooms, a smoking room, and “a snooze corner”. PPS Club members, suites, first class and business class transit passengers will not have access to the SilverKris Lounge (business class) at Changi Airport Terminal 3 “due to the regulatory requirements”. They will be invited to a “premium waiting area” in the transit holding area instead, and complimentary food and beverages will be provided at this premium waiting area, according to SIA. All transit hotels at Changi Airport are temporarily closed. When it is time to board, transit passengers will be ushered in groups from the transit holding area directly to the boarding gate. They will be invited to board the aircraft first, followed by non-transit passengers. SIA said there will be dedicated seating zones on board the aircraft to separate the transit and non-transit passengers. Passengers “should remain in their designated zone throughout the flight”. Upon arrival, non-transit passengers will disembark first followed by transit passengers, SIA added. singaporeair.com
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Singapore Airlines introduces new health and safety measures - Business Traveller
The new initiatives include modified meal changes, enhanced cleaning measures and “care kits” for all passengers
The SIA Group said it is making changes to its onboard and lounge services as part of its new health and safety measures. Passengers travelling with any of the carriers under the SIA Group will receive a “care kit”, meal services will be modified to reduce contact between passengers and crew, and lounges will no longer have buffets. These initiatives help to ensure that, amid the Covid-19 outbreak, our industry-leading health and safety standards remain an integral part of SIAs world-class service promise, said Singapore Airlines chief executive officer Goh Choon Phong. Care kits for all passengers Starting today (June 8), all airlines in the SIA Group will provide passengers with a “care kit” that includes a surgical mask, anti-bacterial hand wipes and a hand sanitiser. The Group says passengers can find newspapers, magazines and seat-back literature that have been removed from its aircraft in the e-Library available on the SingaporeAir mobile app. Crew will wear face masks throughout the flight and eye goggles “when interacting with customers” and gloves during the meal service, the SIA Group said. Modified meal services SIA has modified its in-flight food and beverage service. Meals services have been suspended for flights within Southeast Asia and services to mainland China “due to regulatory reasons”. The carrier says snack bags are provided to customers instead. On long-haul flights, a single tray service has been introduced in first class and business class in place of a table layout service. SIA said it is also “progressively” reintroducing satay and garlic bread starting from mid-June 2020. “We will also discuss with the regulators how we can resume a course-by-course dining experience,” said the airline. At its SilverKris airport lounges, the carrier said there will be no buffet service but a la carte meals will be offered instead. SIA staff will wear masks “all the time” and gloves “when necessary”. Cleaning measures The SIA Group says its aircraft go through a cleaning process before a flight which includes aircraft fogging, and cleaning of common surfaces and areas such as windows, tray tables, handsets, in-flight entertainment screens. It says the headsets, headrest covers, pillow covers, bedsheets, and blankets are also washed and replaced after every flight. Aircraft are also equipped with HEPA filters “which remove more than 99.9% of particles including airborne viruses and bacteria”. The Group says all toilets in its aircraft have contactless faucets and have anti-bacterial hand wash. “SIA is also looking at a trial of an ultra-violet (UVC) light cleaning procedure on the ground for its lavatories before every flight,” it added. Digital solutions SIA will digitalise menus in its lounges and 0nboard its flight “in the coming months”. The company said it working on introducing a “Print-n-Go solution” which would allow customers to print their boarding passes and baggage tags at airport self-service kiosks in a contactless way using the SingaporeAir Mobile App or a QR code. The Group has published an e-brochure with more information about its new health and safety measures which can be accessed here. Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir announced last week that they are increasing the number of destinations in their network, as well as frequencies on some existing services, in June and July 2020. Singapore Airlines reinstates flights for some destinations in June and July singaporeair.com
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SIA reinstates some flights, allows transit through Singapore from Australia, New Zealand - Business Times
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) and its regional wing SilkAir are reinstating flights to a number of cities, and ramping up frequencies for several of its existing services in June and July, the national carrier said on Thursday.
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) and its regional wing SilkAir are reinstating flights to a number of cities, and ramping up frequencies for several of its existing services in June and July, the national carrier said on Thursday. Reinstated scheduled services include flights to Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Brisbane, Cebu, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Medan, Melbourne and Osaka. SIA added that all flights are subject to regulatory approvals and that schedules are subject to changes. Starting from Thursday, the airline is also allowing travellers from some cities in Australia and New Zealand to transit through Changi Airport to any destination in its network operated by SIA, SilkAir, or budget carrier Scoot. The cities are are: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch. These flights are limited to outbound journeys only. Transfers are allowed only on flights between airlines within the SIA group. Transfers to and from flights operated by other airlines are not permitted, the carrier said. Stay updated with BT newsletters There will be dedicated seating zones on board planes to separate transit and non-transit passengers, it added. Seat selection on the flight may be limited or unavailable, to meet regulatory requirements. Transit passengers will board planes first and disembark last. Transit and non-transit passengers will also be kept apart at Changi Airport. If the transit time is less than 75 minutes, transit customers will be ushered directly to the boarding gate. For transit times of more than 75 minutes, travellers will remain in a designated holding area before the flight. A premium waiting area in the holding area will cater to those previously looking to access the SilverKris Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3, which is now closed. Earlier on June 8, Singapore established fast lane arrangements between the Republic and six provinces and municipalities in mainland China: Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang. These fast lane arrangements will facilitate essential business and official travel, SIA said. The carrier, which initially cut 94 per cent of its original passenger capacity for June and July due to the Covid-19 outbreak, said it will continue to adjust capacity to match the demand for international air travel. Shares of SIA were trading at S$4.28 as at 10.16am, down S$0.07 or 1.6 per cent.
Dozens killed as south China hit by floods and rainstorms - CNA
BEIJING: Floods and mudslides in south China have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and left dozens dead or missing, state media reported Thursday (Jun 11).
BEIJING: Floods and mudslides in south China have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and left dozens dead or missing, state media reported Thursday (Jun 11). The bad weather has wreaked havoc on popular tourist areas that had already been battered by months of travel restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. Advertisement Advertisement Torrential downpours unleashed floods and mudslides that caused nearly 230,000 people to be relocated and destroyed more than 1,300 houses, official state news agency Xinhua reported, citing the Ministry of Emergency Management. In southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, six people were reported dead and one missing, Xinhua said. Streets were waterlogged in the popular tourist destination of Yangshuo, forcing residents and visitors to evacuate on bamboo rafts. The local government said more than 1,000 hotels had been flooded and more than 30 tourist sites damaged. Advertisement Advertisement One owner of a family-run hotel told Xinhua that the guest rooms were submerged in one metre of rainwater. The extreme weather has dealt a hefty blow to the region's tourism sector, which is still reeling from the COVID-19 epidemic. The emergency management ministry said there were direct economic losses of over 4 billion yuan (more than US$550 million) from the flooding, Xinhua reported. In Hunan Province, at least 13 people were killed in rain-triggered disasters, and another eight people are missing or killed in southwestern Guizhou province, according to the local emergency response departments, Xinhua said. The heavy downpours began at the beginning of June and have led to "dangerously high water levels" in 110 rivers, Xinhua reported. Further rainstorms are expected in the next few days across the south.