Singapore Airways and Changi Airport will this week open ‘two-way’ transits between six international locations, increasing upon the one-way journeys which commenced on June 11.
From Tuesday June 23, travellers from Australia and New Zealand will be capable of jet their method to and from a handful of locations in China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, utilizing particular switch lanes and lounges throughout their visit Singapore’s Changi Airport.
As earlier than, passengers can journey solely on flights operated by Singapore Airways, SilkAir and Scoot, and guide their full journey on the one ticket and itinerary.
Whereas journey continues to be permitted in a single route – corresponding to Sydney to Copenhagen through Singapore – return journeys are solely attainable in case your vacation spot is on the record of cities accredited for transit flights, and people cities are:
- Adelaide (Singapore Airways)
- Brisbane (Singapore Airways)
- Melbourne (Singapore Airways)
- Perth (Scoot)
- Sydney (Singapore Airways)
- Auckland (Singapore Airways)
- Christchurch (Singapore Airways)
- Chongqing (SilkAir)
- Guangzhou (Scoot)
- Shanghai (Singapore Airways)
- Hong Kong (Singapore Airways, Scoot)
- Osaka (Singapore Airways)
- Tokyo (Singapore Airways)
- Seoul (Singapore Airways)
Philip Goh, Singapore Airways’ Regional Vice President South West Pacific, says the introduction of two-way transits channels “should not about reserving an abroad vacation as Australia and New Zealand’s borders stay closed to non-citizens,” however “permit people who have an pressing have to journey, to take action.”
This consists of Australians and New Zealanders “who’re presently abroad within the accredited markets in China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, to journey with the Singapore Airways Group transiting via Changi Airport and return house in a Covid-safe method.”
As beforehand reported, the transit course of at Changi will likely be a really completely different one to that which travellers bear in mind, and for which the airport itself is famed.
Separating transit, non-transit passengers
On all flights, transit passengers will likely be separated from non-transit passengers. This consists of the outbound flights from Australia and New Zealand, in addition to the onwards flights from Changi to your closing vacation spot.
Passengers who’re flying point-to-point – corresponding to from Sydney to Singapore, or Singapore to London – will board and disembark individually to transit passengers. Every group will likely be seated in numerous sections of the airplane, use completely different washrooms and have their very own assigned cabin crew.
In consequence, Singapore Airways advises that “flights might have restricted or no seat choice out there throughout the reserving part. Advance pre-paid seat choice has additionally been briefly suspended for brand spanking new bookings.”
“To stick to regulatory necessities, some clients might have their seats reassigned nearer to the departure date. Those that bought pay as you go seats and have been reassigned to a distinct seat could have their fee refunded.”
Travellers will be capable of view their assigned seats when checking in on-line however will not be capable of choose seats or make any modifications 48 hours earlier than their flight.
New transit lounges
On arrival at Changi all transit passengers will likely be welcomed by floor workers, issued with a wristband to determine them as in-transit and escorted to a particular ‘transit holding space’.
These transit lounges have been arrange with meals kiosks, merchandising machines, restrooms, a smoking room and a sleep nook, plus free WiFi.
Top notch and enterprise class transit passengers, together with high-flying PPS Membership members (however not KrisFlyer Gold tiers) could have entry to a ‘premium ready space’ with complimentary foods and drinks.
The transit lounge for passengers flying out on Singapore Airways is situated close to the beginning of the A gates zone at Changi Terminal 3. The SilkAir transit lounge is firstly of Terminal 1’s C gates space, with a seperate Scoot transit lounge firstly of T1’s D gates space.
Nevertheless, for those who’re eager for some duty-free buying, a concierge service will take orders through WhatsApp for merchandise bought by Shilla Cosmetics and Perfumes, and Reward by Changi Airport, and ship these to the transit space.
The upshot is that after you are in these transit lounges, that is the place you’ll keep till your flight known as for boarding some 75 minutes earlier than departure, after which be escorted to the departure gate (if on arrival at Changi your transit time is lower than 75 minutes, you may be taken straight to the related boarding gate).
Transit passengers will board the plane first, adopted by non-transit passengers. When the flight reaches its vacation spot, non-transit passengers will disembark first, adopted by transit passengers.
Observe that connections between flights have to be not than 48 hours – however this would possibly not be a lot of a problem, contemplating that guests cannot enter Singapore and that Changi’s personal in-airport transit resorts are closed.
Additionally learn: What’s it like to fly with Singapore Airlines during the coronavirus?