Singapore is Europe’s 8th largest long-haul country market; it has gained two European airports in 2024

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When all long-haul country markets from Europe are considered, Singapore ranks eighth by the number of available seats in Q3 2024 (July-September). Cirium schedules information indicates that it has approximately 832,000 each way, down by about 2% versus the pre-pandemic 2019.

Singapore has jumped two places in the last five years, primarily because Hong Kong and Japan fell out of the top 10 list and various other nations have fewer seats than they did, especially Thailand (-17%) and China (-9%).

Top 10 long haul country markets from Europe

Europe-Singapore recent changes

Like several top-10 countries, Singapore flights revolve to a large degree around sixth-freedom traffic, whether with Singapore Airlines over Changi or European carriers over their hubs. However, this article analyses non-stop and one-stop seat capacity.

Transfer traffic will also be crucial to the biggest market developments in 2024: Singapore Airlines in Brussels (6 April 2024; 4-weekly; back after 20+ years) and London LGW (22 June 2024; 5-weekly). LGW flights replace Singapore Airlines’ lower-cost unit Scoot, which served the airport via Bangkok BKK in 2021/2022. It was previously also served by Norwegian.

  • New routes in 2023/2024: Singapore Airlines to Brussels, Singapore Airlines to London LGW, Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Singapore-Melbourne (it has served Singapore on a standalone basis for years) and TUI Airways from Birmingham, London LGW and Manchester (for cruise reasons in the NW only)
  • Dropped routes in recent years: Singapore Airlines to Stockholm ARN (last served in 2020), Singapore Airlines to Moscow DME (until 2022), Singapore Airlines to Düsseldorf (until 2020), LOT Polish from Warsaw (until 2020) and Scoot to London LGW (via Bangkok; until 2022)

 

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TUI at Singapore

10 airlines operate

Singapore Airlines has more than half of the available seats in Q3 (54%). It serves 14 European destinations, although route changes mean it is down by one compared to Q3 2019. Its network comprises Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London LGW, London LHR, Manchester, Milan MXP, Munich, Paris CDG, Rome FCO and Zurich.

Fifth freedoms are important for six in ten operators:

  • British Airways: London LHR-Singapore-Sydney
  • KLM: Amsterdam-Singapore-Denpasar
  • Qantas: Sydney-Singapore-London LHR
  • Singapore Airlines: Singapore-Milan MXP-Barcelona, Singapore-Manchester-Houston IAH and Singapore-Frankfurt-New York JFK
  • Scoot: Singapore-Athens-Berlin
  • Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Singapore-Melbourne

Europe - Singapore airlines Q3 2024

London LHR has three in ten of Europe’s Singapore seats

When all airlines are considered, Singapore has non-stop or one-stop flights from 17 European airports, down by two compared to Q3 2019. London LHR is inevitably the largest market and has 29% of capacity. London seats rise to 31% of the total when LGW is added. Of course, this does not show the O&Ds of passengers. In August 2024, LHR-Singapore has 49 weekly departures by British Airways (14), Qantas (7), and Singapore Airlines (28).

Top 10 European airports with Singapore flights.

London Southend Airport