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Singapore to stop direct Canada service

Singapore to stop direct Canada service

Singapore Airlines said Friday it is indefinitely suspending its three-times-weekly service between Singapore and Vancouver, via Seoul, because the service has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

   The last flight on the service will be April 25.

   'The decision to suspend service is most regrettable, as Singapore Airlines has served Canada for over 20 years,' the airline said in a statement. 'However the economic conditions and performance on the route has been badly affected by the global economic downturn. The reduction is part of Singapore Airlines' continuing commitment to ensure capacity is best matched with demand in the current economic conditions.'

   The airline said that it will continue to serve Canada via its existing schedule of 42 weekly flights between Singapore and its North American gateways — San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston, as well as both Newark and JFK Airports in New York — then onwards to Canadian cities using the services of its Star Alliance partner airlines in North America.

   Singapore also has operational alliances with Air Canada to Toronto and Montreal from European gateways.