SilkAir to Launch Non-stop Singapore-Hiroshima Flights
The regional wing of Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir, will be launching the first non-stop flight between Singapore and Hiroshima in October this year.
Starting October 30, this return flight service will run three times a week – on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It will be operated with SilkAir’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which features both business and economy class cabins, it added. The flights departing Singapore will be at 1.45am and will reach Hiroshima at 9.30am, while those leaving Hiroshima will be at 10.25am, and will reach Singapore at 3.40pm.
“Hiroshima has been popular with Singaporeans, due to its historical significance, good weather and proximity to various attractions in neighbouring cities,” said SilkAir CEO Foo Chai Woo. “SilkAir is proud to be offering the only non-stop flights between Hiroshima and Singapore, and we are confident that we can serve the demand from both cities.”
With the launch of Hiroshima, the combined Singapore Airlines-SilkAir network will serve a total of six Japanese cities – two airports in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Osaka, according to the press release.
Hiroshima will forever be remembered as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, during World War II. Fortunately, the city has stepped out of the long shadow of its past, with modern museums and beautiful parks creating a whole new legacy.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Situated in downtown Hiroshima, this park is an evocative reminder of the atomic bomb that devastated the city in 1945. The ruins of the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall – the building closest to the hypocentre of the nuclear bomb – have been preserved to create the UNESCO-designated Genbaku Dome, which now stands as an enduring symbol of peace.
The city of Hiroshima grew up around its namesake citadel, so the fortress should figure on your itinerary. The 16th-century castle was badly damaged by the atomic bomb; however, it has since been restored using a blend of original and modern building techniques. Today, the five-tiered castle houses a museum that offers an intriguing narrative of the city’s storied history.
Take the ferry to this tranquil island, characterised by verdant forests, imposing mountains and picturesque temples. This includes the centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine. Built over water, this Shinto monument is famous for its torii gate, which looks as though it’s floating on the sea during high tide.
What to eat…
Sample the city’s unique rendition of okonomiyaki (a type of savoury pancake). Served fresh off the griddle, the base pancake is layered with copious amounts of yakisoba noodles and cabbage, and studded with oysters and squid. It’s then topped with green seaweed and bonito flakes, and drizzled with an umami-packed sauce.