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Singapore Airlines slashes flights globally due to virus impact

Kyunghee Park

Bloomberg

 /  Tue, February 18, 2020  /  03:32 pm
Singapore Airlines slashes flights globally due to virus impact

This photograph taken on March 28, 2018 shows a Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus A350 aircraft taking off from Singapore Changi Airport. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Singapore Airlines Ltd. will cut more flights across its global network through May as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus discourages people from traveling.

The carrier and its SilkAir unit will reduce flights to cities including New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Sydney, according to a statement on its website Tuesday.

The company warned Friday that it faces “significant” challenges due to the virus and will make adjustments to its services when needed.

Airlines around the world have cut flights to China and other destinations, with Hong Kong-based rival Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. reducing its global capacity by 30 percent.

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Countries including the US and Singapore have issued restrictions on people traveling from China in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, which has claimed nearly 1,900 lives, primarily in Hubei province.

Singapore has 77 confirmed cases of infection, but no deaths.

Singapore Airlines on Monday announced several changes in management that will take effect from April 1.

Last week, the company said net income in the fiscal third-quarter rose 11 percent from a year earlier to S$314.8 million ($226 million). The carrier won’t match that strong quarterly performance because of the virus, as well as fuel-hedging and potential credit losses, Bloomberg Intelligence analysts James Teo and Chris Muckensturm wrote in a report.

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