25 May 2016 07:28:52 IST

Scoot launches daily service on Chennai-Singapore route

(from left) Bharath Mahadevan, Country Head, India, Scoot and Leslie Thng, Chief Commercial Officer, Scoot and TigerAir, at the launch of Scoot's service between Singapore and Chennai, in Chennai on Tuesday, May 24 (Photo: Bijoy Ghosh)

Singapore Airlines’ low-fare arm also starts Jaipur service

Scoot, a low-cost medium-haul arm of Singapore Airlines, launched its Chennai-Singapore daily service on Tuesday with a promotional offer of ₹5,300 (one way, all inclusive). This will be valid for a week, and thereafter the price will be ₹5,900, said Bharath Mahadevan, Country Head, India, Scoot.

The fare to Sydney or Melbourne from Chennai will be ₹13,500, he told newspersons.

“We will be 40 per cent cheaper than a full-service carrier. We are not going to compete with others but create a new market for ourselves,” he said, adding that the main target segments are business and leisure travellers.

Scoot takes over the Singapore-Chennai daily service from Tigerair, expanding capacity to Chennai for the SIA Group with its new Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner. While Tigerair was operating A320 aircraft with 180-seat capacity, the Dreamliner will have 335 seats, said Leslie Thng, Chief Commercial Officer, Scoot.

The airline also commissioned its service from Singapore to Amritsar today. It has restarted this route for the SIA Group, Indians living in the US and Australia. It begins with weekly three services now, with an additional Monday service from July.

With the addition of Chennai and Amritsar, Scoot’s network will comprise 21 destinations across 10 countries. From October 2, Scoot will launch Singapore-Jaipur four times a week service, he said.