Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2430 times:
Why does SQ have traffic rights between MAN and ZRH? I can't imagine any passengers actually fly this route with SQ as they only offer the full unrestricted fare of over £900 return. I understand that SQ would much rather have a passenger travelling all the way through to SIN, but it seems odd that they have these rights but deter customers from using them. Any thoughts?
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2617 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2410 times:
Singapore Airlines' fares on the route used to be much cheaper; they've been operating MAN-ZRH for over 10 years...
I'd assume they regard any MAN-ZRH pax as an inconvenience - ie having to offload a few bags at a time when you're trying to onload hundreds of others, and as such aren't interested unless they can gouge the highest fares possible out of them!
Ex_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1436 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
SQ operated fifth freedom sectors intra-Europe for decades because until recently there weren't economical medium-sized long haul aircraft capable of working nonstop point-to-point flights. Today only ZRH-MAN is left.
As Swissgabe has mentioned, SQ has never really pushed those flights, and unlike what some people on this forum seem to believe, those fifth freedoms are hardly lucrative. With only a handful of frequencies, SQ can only attract a small number of leisure travellers. Sometimes, they offer rockbottom fares to try and get some revenue, however little. Other times, they don't bother and only list unrestricted fares.
The only time I recall SQ actually promoting a fare was a joint fare between CX and SQ on AMS-MAN (did I just hear a thump? Must be Singapore_Air fainting at the idea of the two airlines cooperating!). There was a period in 1997-98 when the two flew six combined frequencies between AMS and MAN and they had a special fare. Even then, only a small handful of leisure travellers bought it... the only times there were significant numbers of paxs were when either city hosted its respective gay pride/mardi gras