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Singapore (VNA) -
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will continue increasing flights gradually to reach about 15 percent of its usual passenger capacity by the end of 2020.

The carrier and its regional arm, SilkAir, will be reinstating flights to Brunei, Fukuoka in Japan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Male in the Maldives in the next three months.

Flights will also increase on some existing routes. For example, SIA will be flying daily to and from Bangkok (Thailand) by December. It will also operate daily flights to Melbourne in Australia by November and two flights daily on most days in December.

Flight frequencies to other cities, including Dhaka (Bangladesh), Hong Kong (China) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands), will also be stepped up.

All other flights originally scheduled for October to December but not listed in its updated schedule are cancelled. Affected customers will be informed via SMS and e-mail.

The airline said that it expects to be operating at less than 50 percent of its usual capacity by the end of its financial year in March next year.

SIA's predicament mirrors that of the global aviation industry, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the International Air Transport Association downgraded its traffic forecast for this year to a 66 percent decline, worse than an earlier 63 percent estimate./.