Singapore Airlines: SilkAir to transfer routes to Scoot

A Singapore Airlines Scoot plane on the tarmac at Changi Airport in October 2018.A Singapore Airlines' Scoot plane at Changi Airport

Singapore Airlines said on Thursday that its Scoot budget-carrier brand would take over some of SilkAir’s routes over the next two years in the lead up to SilkAir’s merger into Singapore Airlines.

Scoot will also transfer some services to its existing destinations served by SIA and SilkAir, it said in a filing to SGX before the market open on Thursday.

“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,” SIA said. “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.”

SilkAir will transfer to Scoot its routes to Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos in April 2019 and in India, it will transfer the Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam routes between May 2019 and October 2019, SIA said.

In China, the Changsha, Fuzhou, Kunming and Wuhan routes, and in Thailand, the Chiang Mai route, will be transferred from SilkAir to Scoot, it said.

In Malaysia, the Kota Kinabalu route, and in Indonesia, the Balikpapan, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Semarang and Yogyakarta routes will be transferred to Scoot from SilkAir, SIA said.

Scoot will transfer its Bengaluru and Chennai routes in India to Singapore Airlines, SIA said.

In addition, Scoot will transfer its Shenzhen route in China and its Kochi route in India to SilkAir, it said, adding that both routes are to existing SilkAir destinations.

SilkAir will also make its Mandalay route a seasonal service, with existing services ending in March 2019, resuming in November 2019 and continuing until January 2020, SIA said.

Scoot will also suspend its Honolulu route from June 2019 due to weak demand, SIA said.

The changes are expected to be implemented between April 2019 and the second half of 2020, SIA said.

In May, SIA had announced that SilkAir, its regional carrier, would have a significant investment program to upgrade its offerings ahead of its merger into SIA, with changes to include fitting SilkAir cabins with lie-flat seats in business class and installing seat-back entertainment systems in both business and economy classes.

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