Airline taps into surge among Indians travelling to Singapore
Marking the recent merger of Tiger Air and Scoot as the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines, Scoot’s Country Head-India Bharath Mahadevan announced the addition of five more destinations in India, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Tiruchirapalli and Lucknow, connecting Singapore.
At a press conference here on Friday, he said that to celebrate the merger, special one-way promotional fares from Hyderabad were made available, starting from₹ 5,999 to Singapore, ₹ 11,799 to Bali and Hong Kong, ₹ 12,499 to Melbourne and ₹ 13,099 to Sydney. The new destinations were in addition to Amritsar, Chennai and Jaipur.
The budget airline currently had fourteen 787 Boeing Dreamliners and twenty three A-320 aircraft, with fourteen more Dreamliners and thirty nine more A-320 on order.
India, he said, was the second largest market for the airline after China.
Interestingly, though it is marked as a low-cost airline, it offers facilities like Wi-Fi internet connectivity and in-seat power (on Dreamliners) and the provision to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles.
“We have been voted as the Best Low Cost Airline in the Asia-Pacific region for three years from 2015 and ranked among the Top 10 in the world.
With our tag line ‘Escape the Ordinary’, we are passionate about changing the way people travel long-distance,” Mr. Bharat Mahadevan said.
Throwing light on the travel trends among Indians, he said there was a surge in people flying abroad on vacation and for work across all segments including families and corporates.
“A long weekend of three or four days is making Indians travel to Singapore and in the next few years, we expect to see 12 to 15 flights every day from different destinations in India, to Singapore,” he said.