The Jakarta Post
A Scoot aircraft stands on the tarmac. The airline will connect Singapore and Pekanbaru in Riau with four flights a week. (Scoot/-)
Singapore Airline’s low-cost, long-haul subsidiary Scoot launched its inaugural flight from Pekanbaru in Riau to Singapore on Monday.
Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 180 passengers will ply the route four times a week.
Currently, Scoot serves five destinations in Indonesia, namely Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Palembang and Pekanbaru.
A water cannon marked the arrival of the first Scoot airplane at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Pekanbaru Airport.
PT Angkasa Pura ll operations and services manager Imran Chandra said, “We are honored that Scoot has chosen Pekanbaru as its newest destination in Indonesia. We are certain this will improve business and tourism in Pekanbaru and Singapore.”
Imran expressed hope Scoot would up the frequency to daily flights as the airport expands. “We also hope that Scoot will open new routes, such as Pekanbaru – Bangkok,” he said.
Ng Chee Keong, Scoot’s chief operating officer, said passengers from Pekanbaru were offered discounts for popular destinations through Singapore during the Take Off Tuesday promotion from June 5 to 7.
The airline offers onboard facilities, such as inflight Wi-Fi and ScootBiz premium seats, and frequent Singapore Airlines fliers can accumulate and exchange points when flying with Scoot. (wng)