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Singapore Airlines to operate charter flights for Winter Olympics

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For the 2019 Winter Olympics, Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) will offer daily charter flights to Beijing.

Officials, athletes, and delegates attending the Olympics will be able to fly from January 21, 2022 to March 16, 2022.

“While air connectivity between our countries remains below 3% of pre-COVID levels, the Beijing Winter Olympics in Feb 2022 will be a good opportunity for us to enhance people-to-people exchanges as Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) will be operating chartered flights through Changi Airport as a connecting hub for the region,” said Singapore’s Transport Minister S. Iswaran on his Facebook page.

“We will also continue bilateral discussions on mutual recognition of COVID-19 health certificates, which is a key enabler for safe travel.”

This declaration came shortly after Singapore and China convened on December 29, 2021 at the 17th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC).

Officials from the Olympic Games, Zhang Liang, told the local press that transportation will be provided by chartered and temporary flights, with commercial flights serving as a backup.

Athletes and delegates will fly into Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) before entering a secure closed-loop system that will keep them distinct from the rest of China. For the duration of the Games, they will remain in the secure area.

“During the peak periods of arrivals and departures to Beijing, an average of at least 15 inbound flights and 13 outbound flights can be provided every day,” Zhang told Channel News Asia.

The Beijing Winter Olympics will take place from February 4 to February 20, 2022.

 

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