Singapore Airlines expanded its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) to 14 cities, with additional points expected to be added in coming weeks, the carrier said in a press release on its website Saturday.
That followed steps laid out in remarks Saturday from Minister for Transport S Iswaran on expanding Singapore’s VTL agreements — or quarantine-free travel — to Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the U.S. and the U.K. this month. VTLs with Germany and Brunei began in September. South Korea will be added in November.
Singapore Airlines’ website reportedly crashed from an influx of traffic after the announcement.
In response to an emailed query from Shenton Wire, the carrier did not directly confirm the cause of the outage.
“Our website temporarily experienced technical issues for a few minutes. Customers are now able to access the Singapore Airlines website again, and check on our flight schedules and book flights,” an SIA spokesperson told Shenton Wire via email.
Eh you all relax leh. Don’t all go and chiong SQ site at once lah. pic.twitter.com/jDTo6PcJqS
— mrbrown (@mrbrown) October 9, 2021
The carrier has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on travel, particularly as it lacks domestic flights, which have supported many of its competitors. But the airline has begun to add back capacity and reinstate routes to more destinations this year.
Singapore Airlines said Saturday it would operate VTL services from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris, and Rome starting 19 October, with VTL services from Seoul to begin 16 November. The airline already operates VTL services from Bandar Seri Begawan, Frankfurt, and Munich.
Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ budget carrier, will operate VTL flights from Berlin starting later this month, the statement said.
Lee Lik Hsin, executive vice president for commercial at the carrier, said the expansion of the VTL arrangements was “great news for our customers.”
“The SIA Group supports all measures to reopen Singapore to quarantine-free international travel. This will enable the safe and gradual recovery of Changi Airport as a major air hub, backed by rising vaccination rates and confidence in the robust health and safety measures,” Lee said in the statement.