Vice president Philip Goh said the move was “not about booking an overseas holiday” but allowing essential travel in accordance with border closures.
The restrictions will deny passengers the opportunity to fly onwards with airlines such as Qatar, British Airways, Cathay Pacific or Etihad.
The airline will also add additional routes to Sydney as part of its new ‘minimum connectivity network’, which will run from 8 June to 31 July.
Singapore Airlines said on Monday that it is ‘rationalising’ services between Singapore and China with a series of additional flight suspensions announced. The decision comes amid the continuing impact of Coronavirus on travel to Mainland China.
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The ongoing novel Coronavirus outbreak has led global carriers to suspend – or significantly reduce – their presence in Mainland China in recent days. This is now impacting Hong Kong with two of America’s largest carriers announcing a temporary suspension of services to the city.
The flight, the first of six, is part of a new Australian government initiative to underwrite agriculture and fisheries airfreight routes cut off by the coronavirus crisis.