Singapore Airlines cancels two flights amid live-firing army workout routines round Taiwan, Latest Singapore News
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has cancelled two scheduled flights for Friday (Aug 5), amid “evolving airspace restrictions” as China conducts live-fire army workout routines in six zones round Taiwan.
The flights affected are SQ878, which flies from Singapore to Taipei, and SQ879, which flies from Taipei to Singapore.
“The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. SIA will continue to monitor the situation closely and make any adjustments, as necessary,” stated an SIA spokesman.
China is conducting live-fire military exercises from Thursday to Sunday, following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s go to to the self-ruled island on Wednesday. Pelosi was the highest-ranking US politician to go to Taiwan in 25 years, prompting China to sentence the go to and retaliate with economic and military responses.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) stated China had despatched out a discover to airmen on Tuesday, prohibiting plane from flying into recognized areas affected by the live-firing workout routines.
“Singapore carriers have taken note of the (notice) as part of their standard operating procedures and are avoiding the affected areas,” stated CAAS.
In an earlier assertion, the SIA spokesman stated that apart from flights SQ878 and SQ879, the airline’s passenger and cargo flights presently don’t use Taiwanese airspace.
The spokesman added that SIA prospects who booked straight with them could use its help request kind to make reserving adjustments or search a refund. Those who require pressing help may attain out to their native Singapore Airlines reservation workplace.