Singapore Airlines April passenger numbers surged higher

Singapore Airlines aircraft taken from terminal windows in August 2018.Singapore Airlines aircraft taken from terminal windows in August 2018.

Singapore Airlines reported Tuesday it carried 1.45 million passengers in April, up 1,217 percent from 110,000 passengers carried in April 2021, and up 62.7 percent from March.

“The demand for air travel increased significantly in April 2022. Singapore removed all Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangements from 1 April 2022, and allowed fully vaccinated travellers to enter Singapore quarantine-free and without on-arrival Covid-19 tests. From 26 April 2022, Singapore also removed the pre-departure Covid-19 test requirement,” the carrier said in a filing to SGX. “Many key markets for the SIA Group also further relaxed their border control measures.”

In April, the group passenger capacity, measured in available seat-kilometers, reached 57 percent of pre-Covid levels, or the levels in January 2020, the carrier said.

In addition, the passenger load factor (PLF) in April reached 72.7 percent, its highest since the pandemic began, up 18.2 percentage points from March and 59 percentage points from April 2021, the filing said.

By end-April, SIA group’s passenger network reached 95 destinations, including Singapore, the filing said.

Read more details of SIA’s April operating results.