Singapore Airlines (SIA) is suspending its services to Pakistan and Nanjing in China owing to low demand.

It will operate its last Singapore-Karachi-Lahore service on 17 February 2010 and its last Singapore-Nanjing service on 26 March 2010, says the carrier.

"These suspensions are regrettable but are necessary as a result of the performance of the two routes," it adds.

SIA will cut frequencies on the Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City route and the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route. Ho Chi Minh City will be served 14 times weekly instead of 18, while Kuala Lumpur will be served 17 times weekly instead of 24.

However, the SIA Group's flight frequency on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route will remain at 54 a week because SilkAir is taking over a daily SIA service, says the airline.

SIA plans to increase frequencies on eight routes, including Singapore-Newark, Singapore-Mumbai, Singapore-Delhi and Singapore-Seoul.

"Positive signs of a recovery in demand continue to be seen but operating conditions remain challenging and yields in particular remain under pressure," says the airline.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news