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SIA cuts new 60 flights due to SARS, war

From the Business & Economics Desk
Published 4/2/2003 12:46 AM
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SINGAPORE, April 2 (UPI) -- Singapore Airlines announced Wednesday it will cut an additional 60 flight per week in response to softening demand related to the war in Iraq and the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

The announcement now brings the total number of cuts since the start of the war in Iraq to 125 services per week, or 13.6 percent of capacity in terms of available seat kilometers. The latest cuts include the suspension of all services to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, from April 15 and to Hiroshima, Japan, from April 9 to May 31.

There will be fewer weekly frequencies to destinations in all regions, in particular Asia, where services to Hong Kong will be cut from 41 to 26 per week. Weekly services will also be reduced to Guangzhou, China, (from 7 to 5), Hanoi, Vietnam, (from 6 to 4) and Taipei, Taiwan, (from 20 to 16).

Other major cities affected include Los Angeles and New York, and Amsterdam, Netherlands; Frankfurt, Germany, and Manchester, England. In addition, the airline's launch of thrice-weekly services to Bangalore, India, originally planned for May 1, 2003, will be deferred until June 12.

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