Singapore Airlines has blamed the Australian government’s lack of clarity on international travel on its decision to cut dozens of flights before Christmas.
Cancellations between October and December are the latest blow for Australians stranded abroad in desperate hopes of returning before the end of the year.
Singapore Airlines spokesman Karl Schubert said the company had not been notified of the lifting of international arrival caps.
“We had to make the very difficult decision that we simply cannot operate the two additional flights we were hoping to make to Sydney and other ports across Australia,” he told radio on Wednesday. UKTN.
The major airline has failed to secure talks with the government.
“It has been frustrating at times, knowing that governments have had a lot of work to do and have focused elsewhere,” Schubert said.
“What we need to do is bring the airlines, airports, state and federal governments together around the same table to discuss how Australia is going to reopen.”
A national plan to reopen has raised hopes that international travel can resume when 80% of Australians aged 18 and over are fully immunized.
As part of this phase, Australian return caps would be lifted and capacity for students, economic migrants and refugees would be increased.
Restrictions on Australians leaving the country would be lifted and new travel bubbles, including with Singapore, considered.
But Mr Schubert said the rules for what the travel would look like were unclear.
“We just don’t have the clarity we need to have the confidence to operate,” he said.
Singapore Airlines operates two flights per day at four Australian airports, with passenger services carrying between 12 and 25 people.
Mr Schubert said more information from the government would help restore flights.
“We have the capacity to act very quickly to restore operations where demand warrants it.”