Singapore Airlines says it will restore some of its scheduled passenger flights in the coming first quarter, adding back some belly freight capacity as the carrier is starting to see an upturn in cargo.
The airline says it will also suspend passenger flights to Pakistan and to Nanjing, China, as part of the broader overhaul of its network.
“Positive signs of a recovery in demand continue to be seen, but operating conditions remain challenging and yields in particular remain under pressure,” the airline said in a statement.
SIA Cargo has cut back its freight capacity at a double-digit pace in 2009, along with much of the rest Asia’s airlines, although the airline’s cargo business added Atlanta to its schedule in November with a stop on an existing 747-400 freighter routing.
SIA reported its strongest month for cargo in 2009 in November, with freight traffic down 3.2 percent from the year before, the narrowest year-over-year decline since 2008.
November’s freight traffic also grew 2.6 percent compared to October.
The new passenger flights in the first quarter include five weekly flights from Singapore to Munich, the addition of two flights to the five-times-weekly services to Newark and two additional flights to Manchester in the United Kingdom.