Australians stranded in the United Kingdom and Europe will once again be able to fly home from London via Singapore, after the country lifted a ban on people transiting through Changi Airport from Britain.
The Singaporean government’s decision last week to block anyone travelling from the UK amid an outbreak of a potentially more contagious strain of COVID-19 there cut off one of the few remaining connections between Australia and the UK.
But a Singapore Airlines spokesman confirmed on Friday that it had received government approval to carry passengers from London’s Heathrow Airport onwards to Sydney and Auckland via Singapore.
Passengers connecting through to Australia will have to remain in the aircraft on the ground in Singapore and will be segregated from other passengers on board. They must also return a negative result for the COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight.
“The health and safety of our staff and customers remain our utmost priority, and [Singapore Airlines] will continue to employ stringent health and safety measures on the ground and in the air to ensure the well-being of our passengers and crew,” the spokesman said.
Singapore Airlines has been operating about 30 flights into Australia per week in recent months, flying into all mainland capital cities. However, they have been limited to around 30 passengers per flight due to Australia’s cap on international