Singapore Airlines will this evening open all seats for sale on its twice-daily flights between Singapore and Melbourne from November 1, in line with the Victorian government's removal of quarantine and arrivals caps for fully-vaccinated travellers.
The Star Alliance member, which has kept flying to and from Melbourne despite the limited number of passengers – instead focussing on cargo and 'essential travel' – welcomed today's announcement as "another welcome step on the road to recovery," in the words of Regional Vice President Louis Arul.
Seats on the daily SQ218 and SQ228 flights from Singapore – and their SQ237 and SQ217 return legs – will be available from the Singapore Airlines website and through travel agents and partners from 8pm Friday October 22.
These flights rely on SQ's Airbus A350-900, which is fitted with 40 lie-flat business class seats and 263 standard economy seats.
However, under Australian government regulations, bookings are only available to fully-vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and 'eligible non-citizens' – with the flights tagged as being "For Eligible Passengers Only" (FEPO).
Here's the checklist supplied by Singapore Airlines, which advises that "eligibility to travel on these services is determined by the Australian Government and must at least meet the following criteria:"
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a non-Australian citizen or permanent resident holding a valid visa and a travel restriction exemption, and
- have been fully-vaccinated with a TGA approved or recognised vaccine, and
- have a vaccine certificate that meets the Australian Government’s authenticity and verification requirement
Together with Singapore Airline's Sydney flights, the Star Alliance member now lists 31 flights a week to Australia's two major gateways.
As reported earlier today, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he expects to finalise an agreement for quarantine-free travel between Australia and Singapore "within the next week or so," ahead of such travel starting in November.