The Jakarta Post
Routes will be transferred from SilkAir to Scoot for flights to Balikpapan, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Semarang and Yogyakarta between May and July of 2020. (Shutterstock/File)
Singapore Airlines low-cost carrier Scoot is set to take over a number of SilkAir routes over the next two years, ahead of SilkAir's merger into Singapore Airlines (SIA). Additionally, Scoot is slated to transfer some of its services to existing destinations served by SIA and SilkAir.
The changes are scheduled to take place starting April 2019 through to the second half of 2020, as part of plans resulting from a detailed review to identify which airlines in the SIA Group portfolio are best suited to meet customer demands, as announced in a statement.
“We are now at the halfway mark in our three-year Transformation Program, 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 chief executive officer Goh Choon Phong said in a statement on Thursday.
Routes will be transferred from SilkAir to Scoot for flights to Balikpapan, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Semarang and Yogyakarta between May and July of 2020.
Scoot will also take over flights to cities in China, India and several Southeast Asian countries. In Laos, Scoot will run flights to Luang Prabang and Vientiane, while in Thailand and Malaysia, it will take over flights to Chiang Mai and Kota Kinabalu respectively.
In India, it will take over flights to Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam, while its new Chinese cities will include Changsha, Fuzhou, Kunming and Wuhan.
Meanwhile, Scoot routes to be taken over by SIA include those to Bengaluru and Chennai in India. SilkAir is set to take over Scoot routes to Shenzhen, China, and Kochi, India.
The statement also announced that SilkAir would be changing its Mandalay route by making it a seasonal service that would end in March 2019. The service will resume in November 2019 and last until January 2020.
Scoot will suspend its services to Honolulu, the United States, starting June 2019 as a result of weak demand.
The designated dates for the planned switches were based on the timeline for required regulatory approvals, the statement said, adding that customers with existing bookings would be given the option to switch to the new Scoot flights or take SIA or SilkAir flights when possible, or else get a refund. (liz/kes)
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