Singapore Airlines suspends service to Vancouver

February 14, 2009
Singapore Democrats

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AFP

Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Saturday it will indefinitely suspend its thrice weekly service to Vancouver which has been “badly affected” by the global economic crisis.

The last flight will be on April 25, the airline said in a statement. The Singapore-Vancouver service passes through Seoul.

SIA said it would continue to serve Canada through its existing schedule of 42 weekly flights between Singapore and its gateways in the United States.

The airline also offers codeshare services on Air Canada to Toronto and Montreal from its European gateways.

“The decision to suspend service is most regrettable, as Singapore Airlines has served Canada for over 20 years,” the carrier said.

“However, the economic conditions and performance on the route has been badly affected by the global economic downturn.”

SIA reported a 42.8 percent fall in net profit in the third quarter to December from the year before as it carried fewer passengers and cargo. It also forecast a bleak outlook for this year.

The airline announced late last month the suspension of some international flights to India, Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe.

The airline said it was also reducing its all-business-class service to New York and Los Angeles.

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