Scoot to take over three Silk Air routes
SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines (SIA1) (SINGY) (SIA), will be transferring its services to Langkawi in Malaysia, Pekanbaru in Indonesia and Kalibo in the Philippines to Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of SIA by June 2018. Currently, SilkAir flies three times weekly to each destination.
The transfer of the three services will optimize aircraft utilization within the SIA Group, at the same time better matching travel demand, the carrier believes. Scoot already operates three and four weekly services to Langkawi and Kalibo respectively, while Pekanbaru will be a new addition to the network. With the transfers, Scoot will adjust its services to Langkawi and Kalibo in the coming months.
Scoot also targets to commence sales for Pekanbaru in the first half of 2018, subject to final regulatory approval. “We are constantly reviewing our route operations to ensure optimization of the SIA Group’s resources. The transfer of these three services, Langkawi, Pekanbaru, and Kalibo, is a move to do just that and also presents a better match of capacity to demand,” said Foo Chai Woo, Chief Executive of SilkAir.
SilkAir will maintain its flights to three other points in Malaysia, namely Kota Kinabalu,Kuala Lumpur and Penang. For Indonesia, the airline will continue to operate to 10 other points: Balikpapan, Bandung, Denpasar (Bali), Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Medan,Semarang, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta. In the Philippines, SilkAir will continue to operate flights to Cebu and Davao.With the addition of Pekanbaru, as well as Kuantan and Berlin which will be launched in February and June 2018 respectively, Scoot’s network will increase from 63 current destinations to 66.
Scoot is the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group. The LCC took to the skies in June 2012 and merged with Tigerair Singapore in July 2017. Scoot now operates a fleet of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 24 Airbus A320 family aircraft, with four Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 39 Airbus A320Neo aircraft on order.
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