I am in Singapore and cannot help but notice the impact that SARS is having on flights out of here. I was supposed to go to Manila tomorrow but the client does not want to see us until after this has all died down! Furthermore, whenever I now go through Changi or KLIA, everything does seem much quieter (and how many taxis in Singapore are now empty?!). My friends who work for banks here are telling me that they are not allowed to fly and some traders are being isolated from other employees so that they can continue to trade even if things get really bad! All these people not flying must be having a major impact. A colleague of mine has just cancelled a trip to London because he has heard that flights from SG
to London are now being screened at LHR
and that if suspicious, they will put you into immediate quarantine.
Anyway, although CX
has reduced its number of flights, I now see that the Financial Times is reporting that SQ
is to cut a further 60 flights in the region on top of the 65 that it cut last month due to Iraq. Given the fact that Asian aviation was supposed to be the only strong area in the world, this must be very bad news.
Does anybody have any numbers on the impact that this is all having? I hear all this anecdotal evidence, but if anybody has concrete information that would be great....
. The greeting that people in Singapore now have is "so, when was the last time you were in Hong Kong or China"!