Singapore Airlines: May passengers surged

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312ER at Changi Airport in Singapore. Photo by Wong Jun Lin, published on Unsplash in November 2021A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312ER at Changi Airport in Singapore. Photo by Wong Jun Lin, published on Unsplash in November 2021

Singapore Airlines reported Wednesday it carried around 1.71 passengers in May, up from 119,600 in the year-ago month and up 17.4 percent from April.

“The strong recovery in air travel continued in May 2022 as Singapore relaxed border restrictions in April 2022, removing the need for quarantine and on-arrival Covid-19 tests for fully vaccinated travellers, and removing pre-departure Covid-19 tests. Apart from North Asia, travel demand recovered rapidly across all route regions,” Singapore’s flag carrier said in a filing to SGX.

Group passenger capacity, measured in available seat-kilometers, reached 61 percent of pre-Covid levels — or January 2020 — in May, up 4 percentage points from April, the carrier said.

The group passenger load factor (PLF) for May was at 78.2 percent, the highest since the pandemic’s start, up 5.5 percentage points from April and up 63.9 percentage points on-year, Singapore Airlines said.