Only budget flights between Singapore and London set to stop

The only budget flight between Singapore and London will cease operating in January when Norwegian Air drops the route that was launched just a year ago.

Experts said that with less competition, fares could increase and it would be bad news for travellers, but other airlines still serving the route would likely benefit.

They include Singapore Airlines and Australia's Qantas.

Although Norwegian has yet to issue an official statement, it is understood that a new service to Rio de Janeiro will take Singapore's place, Australia's Business Traveller reported.

The airline has told customers that those who have booked to fly after the service ceases on Jan 12 will be offered alternative options to reach their destination or a full refund.

Norwegian launched direct flights to Changi Airport from London's Gatwick four times a week last September.

Using the Boeing Dreamliner, it offers 344 seats in a two-class configuration of economy and premium.

A Changi Airport Group spokesman said: "Since the commencement of services on 29 Sept 2017, there has been a stable growth in passenger traffic between Singapore and London.

"We will continue to engage the airline and hope that the service will resume at a later date."

In Asia, Norwegian operates flights to Bangkok from its hubs in Oslo. - THE STRAITS TIMES