Low-cost carrier Scoot will take over operation of several Silkair routes over the next two years as Silkair prepares to merge into Singapore Airlines.
Meanwhile, Scoot will transfer its services to Bengaluru and Chennai to Singapore Airlines, and its Shenzhen and Kochi routes to Silkair, as these destinations are already served by the respective airlines.
The changes are due to take place between April 2019 and the second half of 2020.
Singapore Airlines says the route adjustments are the result of a review of which of the group’s carriers are “best suited to meet evolving customer demand”.
The Silkair routes being taken over by Scoot include:
- Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos, in April 2019
- Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam in India, between May and October 2019
- Changsha, Fuzhou, Kunming and Wuhan in China, between May and June 2019
- Chiang Mai in Thailand, in October 2019
- Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, in December 2019
- Balikpapan, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Semarang and Yogyakarta in Indonesia, between May and July 2020
In addition, Silkair’s Mandalay service will become seasonal, ending in March 2019 and resuming in November 2019 until January 2020.
Scoot will cut services to Honolulu from June 2019 “as a result of weak demand”.
All changes are subject to regulatory approval and Singapore Airlines says customers will be given the option to switch to the new flights where possible, or will be provided with refunds.
Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, commented: “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.”