SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) will return to New York on November 9, 2020, when it launches non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

According to Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President of Commercial Singapore Airlines, on his official press release said the service to JFK International Airport allows Singapore Airlines to better accommodate the combined passenger and cargo traffic to New York in the current operating climate. SIA’s non-stop service to New York will also be supported by the increasing number of transfer passengers who can now transit through Singapore Changi Airport.

“SIA also anticipates significant cargo demand from various industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceutical, e-commerce, and technology companies. This new service will provide the only non-stop air cargo route from the Northeastern United States to Singapore, which serves as a regional distribution center for many of the large US-based companies,” he said.

He added that SIA airlines will operate long-range Airbus A350-900 aircraft on this route. The aircraft is configured with 42 Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy Class seats and 187 Economy Class seats.

Currently, SIA still operates non-stop services to Los Angeles. SIA will continue to review its operations to the United States, and continue to assess the increasing demand for air travel amidst the recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, before deciding to restore services to other routes in the country.

“Operating flights between Singapore and New York’s JFK International Airport is an important step in rebuilding our global network. Extensive non-stop service is the cornerstone of our service to this important market in the US. We will continue to improve existing services and restore other routes as demand for passenger and cargo services returns,” Lee Lik Hsin noted.

He also explained, although these times were difficult for the airline industry, there were some early signs of a recovery in air travel. Our customers say they have increased confidence in air travel, given the health and safety measures in place, as well as a set of rules and medical tests to protect them and our staff.

“This optimism is also driven by the steps of countries such as Singapore, which relax restrictions on both transit and arriving passengers, in a safe and gradual manner,” he concluded. [ special]