Passenger capacity is expected to be around 57 percent of what it was before-COVID-19 in April this year.

Singapore Airlines and its low-cost carrier Scoot will expand its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) network from March 16 to connect to 66 cities in 27 countries, including India, a media report said on Tuesday.

VTL enables quarantine-free travel to Singapore for fully vaccinated travelers.

“From March 16, 2022, new VTL services will gradually be added to select cities in Southeast Asia and India, as well as Athens,” a Channel News Asia report quoted the parent company of the airline SIA Group as saying.

It said more non-VTL flights will also be converted to VTL flights for certain destinations, and will add a total of 66 cities in 27 countries.

Reporting its operating results for February, SIA Group said passenger capacity declined slightly to 44 percent from pre-COVID-19 levels.

This is 2 percent lower than in January, “due to the fact that February is a shorter month,” the report said.

Passenger capacity is expected to be around 57 percent of what it was before-COVID-19 in April this year.

The passenger load factor was 39.1 percent in February, a decrease of 0.9 percent compared to the previous month.

The figure is an increase of 29.4 percent from the same time last year.

VTL ticket sales continued to be subject to a 50 percent reduction in arrival quotas in the first half of February.

“On February 16, 2022, Singapore announced that it would lift the 50 percent cap and gradually increase the VTL quota for daily arrivals from 5,000 to 15,000, by March 4, 2022,” said SIA Group.

Freight operations registered a load factor of 69 percent in February, 25.6 percent lower year on year; this was “in line with seasonal fluctuations,” it added.

Cargo capacity increased by 50.4 percent in February as a result of the gradual resumption of passenger flights.

But freight loads rose just 9.8 percent as aggregate air freight demand declined during the Chinese New Year holiday season and more belly space was allocated for passenger bag transportation as passenger load factors improved, the SIA Group said.

In late February, Singapore Airlines flew to 63 destinations, and Scoot flew to 37 destinations, according to the Channel report.

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