The COVID-19 pandemic has been a debilitating storm for Singapore Airlines, notes Ven Sreenivasan in the Straits Times:

With borders closed, countries going into lockdowns and travellers hunkered down at home, the airline group’s passenger carriage has plunged by 99.5 per cent.

The SIA group carried just 38,000 passengers in the three months to June 30, compared with 9.4 million a year earlier.

Pre-pandemic, SIA’s planes flew to 136 destinations. During the height of the pandemic in April, these planes flew to 15 destinations, largely to repatriate returning Singaporeans.

Today, almost 150 of its planes are parked at Changi Airport and Alice Springs in Australia. Almost 80 per cent of its pilots and cabin crew are grounded. The airline now flies to just 39 destinations.

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