Singapore Airlines (SIA) has said it would consider operating from other UK airports if the facilities could handle its wide-bodied Airbuses. The airline, which celebrates its 25th year at Manchester and 40th anniversary at London this year, said its A380s were simply too big for most UK airports. “If there was growth [at the airports] then we could keep out options open,” Joey Seow, general manager of UK and Ireland for SIA told Travel Daily. “Airports must be able to take our wide-bodied aircraft as we need these for our long-haul flights. Many cannot take the size.” However, Seow said the company is focusing on flight capacity instead, although he admitted that the UK market still remained uncertain. “The worst of the recession is over and bookings are back,” explained Seow. “In Europe, the UK is the most important market for us but the high VAT, the budget and job cuts posts challenges for us. How it will affect the consumer is yet to be seen, but the UK is not out of the woods yet and we cannot be complacent.” He added that high fuel prices would continue to affect the industry, although more confidence in employment and a stronger GBP could help spark interest amongst consumers to holiday. Meanwhile, Seow was also positive that travel agents remained an important part of its business strategy. “I think the only airlines that don’t need the trade are low-cost carriers,” he said. “We engage with our partners regularly and we need to work together for mutual benefit.” SIA remained confident that the long-haul market would continue to be popular amongst Brits, after its travel agents reported that long-haul holidays were a priority over short haul city breaks. “When the budget is tight, [travel agents are telling us that] short-haul is compromised,” explained Seow.