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Singapore Airlines to return to Manchester next month

Singapore Airlines has announced that starting next month, it will once again fly to Manchester in the United Kingdom.

Starting 16th July 2021, Singapore Airlines will resume thrice-weekly flights between Singapore Changi Airport and Manchester Airport in the United Kingdom. The service will operate 3-times-a-week. The schedule is:

  • Singapore-Manchester
  • Departure time: 01:45
  • Arrival time: 08:30
  • Flight time: 13 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: SQ52
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Manchester-Singapore
  • Departure time: 11:00
  • Arrival time: 07:00 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 13 hours
  • Flight number: SQ51
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

The Asian carrier will deploy one of its 55 new Airbus A350-900 on these flights. On its long-haul routes, Singapore Airlines has its A350s configured to offer 3 classes of service. Upfront, there are 42 lie-flat business class seats that are diamond-stitched and handcrafted from Scottish leather in a 1-2-1 layout. Then there are 24 Premium economy recliner seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and finally, there are 187 standard economy class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.

Not at all surprising, the airline suspended its flights to Manchester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Singapore Airlines has been serving Manchester since 1986. In 2016, Singapore Airlines used its Manchester flights to expand its presence in North America. The flights would continue to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas from Manchester.

When speaking about Singapore Airlines resuming its flights to the Northwest of England, aviation website Economy Class & Beyond quotes Mohamed Rafi Mar, General Manager, UK and Ireland for Singapore Airlines as saying the following:

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. As restrictions slowly ease, our dedicated Manchester staff are excited to welcome our customers back once more, and we look forward to continuing our longstanding and deep connection with the city of Manchester and its surroundings.

Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said:

We are pleased to hear Singapore Airlines will be resuming its direct service from Manchester next month. Singapore Airlines is one of our longest-serving airlines, and we know its routes have been extremely popular with passengers from across the North over the years, both in terms of leisure and business travel. 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. 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.

Hopefully, once the United States reopens to International visitors, Singapore Airlines will resume its flights to Houston.

Featured image by Airbus

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