SIA to take over SilkAir's Singapore-Busan flights from 28 Oct due to 'growing demand'

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 plane takes off behind a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner at Changi Airport in Singapore on 28 March, 2018. (Reuters file photo)

SINGAPORE — Travellers can soon fly from Singapore to Busan on Singapore Airlines (SIA) from 28 October.

The national carrier announced on Thursday (12 September) that it would be taking over flights to Busan operated by regional wing SilkAir to meet “growing travel demand”.

This transfer will enable seat capacity to increase by 76 per cent, said the SIA, adding that it will service the route four times per week - subject to regulatory approvals -, maintaining SilkAir’s current flight frequency.

Travellers on the Singapore-Busan route will fly on the SIA’s 285-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which feature 30 Business and 255 Economy class seats.

These can accommodate up to 123 more passengers per flight than SilkAir’s 162-seat Boeing 737-800s that currently serve this route, added the SIA.

(TABLE: SIA)

“Demand for SilkAir’s Busan flights since the launch of the route on 1 May has been very encouraging, and it has proven to be another popular gateway into South Korea, complementing SIA’s services to Seoul,” said Tan Kai Ping, SIA senior vice president of marketing planning.

Travellers can buy tickets for SIA’s flights to Busan starting from Thursday.

Those with existing bookings on SilkAir’s Busan flights on and after 28 October will be re-accommodated on SIA’s flights.

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