Singapore-based low-cost carrier Scoot is to take over a number of SilkAir’s routes over the next two years ahead of SilkAir’s merger into Singapore Airlines (SIA).
SIA subsidiary Scoot will also be transferring some of its services to existing destinations served by SIA and SilkAir with the changes expected to take place between April 2019 and the second half of 2020.
They are the result of a detailed review to identify which airlines in the SIA Group portfolio are best suited to meet evolving customer demand. The changes are subject to regulatory approvals.
Routes to be moved from SilkAir to Scoot are Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos, in April 2019; Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam in India, between May 2019 and October 2019; Changsha, Fuzhou, Kunming and Wuhan in China, between May 2019 and June 2019; Chiang Mai in Thailand, in October 2019; Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, in December 2019; and Balikpapan, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Semarang and Yogyakarta in Indonesia, between May 2020 and July 2020.
Routes to be moved from Scoot to SIA (both are existing SIA destinations) are Bengaluru and Chennai in India, in May 2019 and May 2020 and from Scoot to SilkAir (both are existing SilkAir destinations) will Shenzhen in China, from June 2019 and Kochi in India, from October 2019.
In addition, SilkAir will be converting its Mandalay route to a seasonal service. Existing services will end in March 2019 and will resume in November 2019, continuing until January 2020. Scoot will be suspending services to Honolulu with effect from June 2019 as a result of weak demand.
SIA said dates are indicative as a result of required regulatory approvals. Customers with existing bookings will be provided the option to switch to the new Scoot, SIA or SilkAir flights where possible, or be provided refunds.
SIA chief executive officer, Goh Choon Phong said: “We are now at the half-way mark in our three-year Transformation Programme, and today’s announcement represents another significant development. The route review will strengthen the SIA Group for the long term, with the right vehicles in our portfolio of airlines deployed to the right markets.”
SIA announced in May that its regional wing SilkAir is to undergo a significant investment programme to upgrade its cabin products ahead of its eventual merger into SIA. The investments will ensure closer product and service consistency across the SIA Group’s full-service network.
Low-cost subsidiary Scoot’s fleet will meanwhile be expanded with the transfer of 14 Boeing 737-800s from SilkAir, while SilkAir will continue growing its operations in the years ahead as it takes delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.