Just this Monday, Singapore Airlines announced that it would be permanently suspending routes to Canberra and Wellington:
SQ 247 / 248 (WSSS - YMML - NZWN)
SQ 288 (WSSS - YSSY - YSCB)
These routes will no longer operate.
A spokesperson from the airline has said while these were tough choices, COVID-19 was really the last straw against the airline industry, significantly reducing travel demand in all fronts; additionally, the airline wasn’t expecting traffic levels for both routes to pick up, even if the pandemic had ended.
SQ 247 / 248 had initially started as WSSS - YSCB - NZWN, but it never became popular. After two years, the route service frequency had substantially dropped and was later replaced by WSSS - YMML - NZWN (the airline didn’t quite give up on those two cities). Prior to COVID-19, Singapore Airlines was the only airline to serve Wellington with a widebody.
As a result, Wellington has lost a major international airline and Canberra only has Qatar left flying to their airport, although they’ve temporarily suspended OTHH - YSCB as well.