By Rob Morris
Singapore Airlines will boost weekly flights to UAE from three to seven in March.
Singapore Airlines is more than doubling its weekly flights to the Gulf, despite admitting it expects revenues to drop in this year’s first quarter.
During a news conference on Monday, Lim MeowSeng, the airline’s general manager for the Gulf, said weekly flights from Singapore to the UAE will increase to seven, from three, on Mar.15.
The airline is also capitalising on demand for its Singapore-Dubai route by adding connecting services from the emirate to Cairo. This service will return to Dubai before heading back to Singapore.
While announcing the new services, MeowSeng said it’s likely the airline’s revenues will suffer in 2009.
"We expect a lower operating profit for 2008-2009 financial year,” he said. “As far as 2009-2010 is concerned, we see it as a period of consolidation across the airline industry.
Based on market information, the economic recovery across the world is going to be long drawn and there will be lower demand for air travel in 2009-2010," he added.
Meow-Seng said strong demand has led to Singapore Airlines increasing services on its Dubai routes.
But he admitted interest in the Dubai service will “stabilise” following huge growth during the past two years.
The airline operates three daily flights to Dubai.
The Abu Dhabi service with connecting flights to Kuwait had experienced modest growth, with fewer passengers flying first class in recent months, he added.