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Singapore Airlines slashes thousands of flights in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Published: (Updated: ) in Australian News by .

Affected customers will be re-accommodated onto other flights where possible.

Singapore Airlines has been forced to cancel thousands of flights as the impact of coronavirus threatens to devastate the company's bottom line.

The airline's network, which includes flights operated by SilkAir Services, has decreased 7.1 per cent of its planned flying schedule from February to the end of May this year.

Thousands of flights, including critical routes between Los Angeles and Singapore, have been cancelled. A full list of affected flights can be found here.

Singapore Airlines said the immediate slashing of flights was a knee-jerk reaction to anticipated low passenger numbers as a result of the virus.

"The SIA Group has taken swift action to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. We will continue to monitor the situation, and be nimble and flexible in adjusting our capacity to match the changing demand patterns in the market," Singapore informed customers in a statement.

"Singapore Airlines and SilkAir apologise for the inconvenience caused.

"Affected customers will be notified and re-accommodated onto other flights."

Earlier today, Virgin Australia Group announced it was cutting five routes operated by its discount arm Tigerair as the airline adjusts to the impacts of coronavirus.

The five routes, deemed by Virgin to be unprofitable, include:

Virgin will also accelerate the retirement of seven Airbus A320 planes from its Tigerair stable, moving the discount airline to an all-Boeing 737 fleet.

Earlier this month Cathay Pacific pleaded with staff to take three weeks unpaid leave to prevent the airline from going under.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/singapore-airlines-cancels-flights-in-swift-action-against-coronavirus/5c84ada6-2f73-428b-80a9-7dc8fd7bc9d1

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