Following the announcement of the launch of a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangement between Singapore and Malaysia by the end of November, Malaysia Airlins and Singapore Airlines announced they will reactivate and expand their codeshare agreement.

Under the expanded codeshare agreement, 15 domestic points in Malaysia, seven destinations and Europe, and 2 cities in South Africa will be covered. It will go along with the existing codeshare services connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore Airlines' customers will be able to connect on Malaysia Airlines' services to 15 domestic destinations in Malaysia starting November 29. The destinations in Malaysia include Alor Setar, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinablu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuntan, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu, and Tawau.

Singapore and Malaysia plan to start the VTL arrangement between the two countries on November 29.

From January 1, Malaysia Airlines' customers will be able to connect on Singapore Airlines' network from Singapore to seven European destinations – Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Moscow, Munich, Rome, and Zurich. Also, travelers will be able to connect to Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.

According to Singapore Airlines, the expanded codeshare agreements is part of a first-phase of a plan to undertake a joint business agreement with the Singapore-based carrier and its Malaysian counterpart which was signed in 2019.

“Malaysia Airlines looks forward to the long-awaited Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the first VTL for Malaysia. This is indeed very timely considering the upcoming festive season and year-end holidays where residents of both countries have traditionally spent their time either in Singapore or Malaysia. We look forward to more VTLs for Malaysia so we can safely revive travel globally. Our codeshare expansion with SIA to Europe and South Africa couldn’t happen at a better time and we are especially grateful for the synergy and warm relationship between the two airlines, that has made this partnership possible,” Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Izham Ismail in a statement.

Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer Goh Choon Phong added: “Partnerships with like-minded carriers are an integral part of Singapore Airlines’ strategy. The expanded cooperation between Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines coincides with the launch of Vaccinated Travel Lanes between Singapore and Malaysia, and will offer enhanced connectivity and greater convenience when customers travel to meet their loved ones or fly for business. It will also help to boost the tourism industries in both countries, as well as the wider Southeast Asia region. The partnership is a testament to the spirit of collaboration that underpins the strong and long-standing relationship between Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.”

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