Thursday, May 19, 2022

SIA Group Adds Chennai, Delhi & Mumbai To Vaccinated Travel Lane Network After Resuming Passenger Services Post COVID-19 Restrictions

by Staff Correspondent

The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group will resume passenger services across its Indian network from 29 November 2021. This development marks a resumption of operations from India for the first time since March 2020, a phase which witnessed a halt in international air travel owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Singapore Airlines will launch daily Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) services from Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai on 29 November 2021, subject to regulatory approvals, providing eligible customers with quarantine-free entry into Singapore.

In addition, SIA is expected to gradually operate non-VTL services from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Kochi from 29 November 2021. Customers on these flights will be required to meet entry requirements into Singapore and will face prevailing health control measures, including seven days of quarantine in the country.

Scoot, SIA’s low-cost subsidiary, will operate non-VTL services from Amritsar, Hyderabad, and Tiruchirappalli. Singapore Airlines is flagging off this development with a 50% discount on selected fares to Singapore across all SIA points in India.The company offered fares starting from Rs. 13,100. Customers should be able to avail this offer between 23-30 November 2021 for travel before 31 December 2021.

Customers who are not Singaporean citizens or permanent residents and wish to travel on the VTL services need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) prior to their visa application. VTP applications must be made between seven and 60 calendar days before the intended date of entry into Singapore. Customers must also ensure that they are eligible to travel under the VTL arrangements before their flight.

Mr Sy Yen Chen, General Manager India, Singapore Airlines spoke about this development, “This is a momentous occasion for us as we will be resuming passenger flights to India after a 20-month long hiatus. With the resumption of flights from India, including daily VTL flights from Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai, eligible SIA customers can finally enjoy seamless quarantine-free travel and reunite with their friends and family in Singapore,”

“We are grateful to the governments of both Singapore and India for launching the Air Travel Bubble and the Vaccinated Travel Lane. The Celebration Offer is a gesture of thanks to our customers in India who have waited so long for Singapore Airlines to resume flights, and we look forward to welcoming our passengers back on board soon,” he added.


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