Singapore Airlines will launch a five-times weekly direct service from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport next summer.
The route will start on June 22 and will complement the airline’s four daily flights from Heathrow and five-times weekly flights from Manchester.
The 13-hour flight will be operated on Airbus A350-900, a more fuel-efficient and quieter aircraft, with 253 seats – 42 seats in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy Class and 187 in Economy Class.
Singapore Airlines will also offer the fastest connecting service from the UK to Sydney, in 21 hours 40 minutes.
Flight SQ309 is currently scheduled to operate from Gatwick’s North Terminal on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing at 10:15am and arriving in Singapore at 6:20am the next day.
The early arrival allows passengers to seamlessly transfer onto flights to Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand from Changi Airport.
Flight SQ310 will operate on on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between Changi and Gatwick, departing at 23:55 arriving at 06:25 (+1).
Stewart Wingate, CEO London Gatwick, said: “For passengers across London and the South East, the new route will provide huge connectivity potential, not only to the fantastic destination of Singapore, but more widely across Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
“With significant increases in trade between the UK and Singapore in recent years, the service also provides exciting opportunities for local and regional businesses.”