Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) will operate a revised and substantially reduced flying programme across June, July and August. This is in view of the ongoing COVID-19 impact globally, travel restrictions from various governments, and demand for air travel across the world having declined significantly.
An RB press release stated that a new temporary flying programme will operate until 11.59pm on August 31, directly connecting Brunei to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Manila only. This retains vital connectivity for services, supplies and the small number of guests who must and are able to travel onto other destinations.
At the current time, transit through Singapore Changi Airport is not permitted although an application process is underway with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
For guests requiring travel to London (who hold relevant government approvals), the RB- Singapore schedule in July and August has been timed to connect with Singapore Airlines, flight SQ322 every Thursday.
For departure from the United Kingdom (UK), SQ317 leaves every Monday connecting with RB on Tuesday.
In the event that transit is permitted, guests will be required to purchase the Singapore Airlines flight sector themselves as a separate booking. The suspension of RB Link flights to Borneo destinations in partnership with Malindo Air will remain in place until November 30, 2020. The suspension will be reviewed regularly in line with demand for international air travel and government directives.
Guests on affected flights will be contacted by the RB Customer Service Centre over the coming days. RB stated it is experiencing extremely high volume calls, and requested to refrain from calling unless travelling in the next 72 hours so that RB will be able to help those needing urgent rebooking. Guests can submit a request form to RB to process passengers’ requests.