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Singapore Airlines’ fifth-freedom Manchester-Houston route to resume in December

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will resume its Manchester-Houston route, which was its first-ever transatlantic route from the United Kingdom, in December 2021. This will be the first time that the flight will be operated since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manchester-Houston is back!

Starting 1st December 2021, Singapore Airlines will once again operate nonstop flights between Manchester Airport and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The flight will run 3-times-a-week aboard the Airbus A350-900 featuring 42 lie-flat Business Class seats (1-2-1 configuration), 24 Premium Economy Class seats (2-4-2 configuration) and 197 Economy Class seats (3-3-3 configuration).

The flights will run with the following schedule:

  • Manchester-Houston
  • Departure time: 10:05
  • Arrival time: 14:25
  • Flight time: 10 hours and 20 minutes
  • Flight number: SQ52
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Manchester-Houston
  • Departure time: 18:50
  • Arrival time: 09:30 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 8 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: SQ51
  • Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

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Mohamed Rafi Mar, General Manager – UL and Ireland, Singapore Airlines, said:

We are delighted to resume our Houston flights and offer more travel options to our passengers from the Manchester region, after relaunching our flights to Singapore in the summer.

The decision to resume Manchester-Houston service comes after the United States announced that it will allow fully vaccinated international travellers, including British travellers, to enter from 8th November 2021. The announcement follows the airline’s announcement that it will resume its popular Frankfurt-New York and San Francisco-Hong Kong routes in November 2021.

Karen Smart, Managing Director, Manchester Airport, said:

It’s great to see Singapore Airlines bring back its Houston service, which pre-pandemic was very popular with our passengers across the north. With the US opening up to British passengers from November 8 this route will be well received by the three million people across our catchment area that fly to and from America each year.

35 years at Manchester Airport

Singapore Airlines returned to Manchester Airport this summer after a brief period. The airline resumed its Singapore-Manchester service in June 2021. This route is operated 3-times-a-week and is also served by the airline’s Airbus A350-900s. The airline has long retained a presence in Manchester (since 1986), with its return marking 35 years at the airport.

Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines recently announced new nonstop flights from Singapore to Seattle and Vancouver, returning to Canada after 9 years.

Featured image by Singapore Airlines

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