In yet another indicator of return to normalcy, Singapore Airlines on Friday announced that it will operate its Mumbai flights with A380 superjumbo aircraft from next month. Around the same time, Swiss too will start non-stop flights between Mumbai and Zurich. International outbound travel from India to Singapore is expected to pick up in the coming weeks. Early this month, India took Singapore off the list of ‘at-risk’ countries. With this, passengers arriving from Singapore don’t have to undergo on-arrival Covid test or week-long home quarantine. But to fly into Singapore on VTL flights, passengers have to present digital proof of double vaccination.
The 471-seater superjumbo will return to India after a 20-month hiatus. “Starting January 10, the A380 will replace the Airbus A350-900 on the Singapore Airlines’ vaccinated travel lane (VTL) flights between Mumbai and Singapore. From February 14, SIA will operate the A380 in place of the Boeing 787-10 on its VTL services between Delhi and Singapore,” said Singapore Airlines on Friday. Said an airport official: “Domestic air travel has almost bounced back to pre-Covid levels, we hope international travel catches up in the first half of next year.”