SINGAPORE- The world’s best carrier Singapore Airlines (SQ) and Scoot (TR), revealed a restructuring plan for Bengaluru (BLR), Chennai (MAA), and Hyderabad (HYD) flights. The move comes as a response to changing demand patterns, with a focus on enhancing connectivity and frequency.
Sccot (TR) is the low-cost subsidiary of SQ. The airline, founded in 2012 and merged in 2017 with Tigerair, has been able to retain its brand identity. The LCC arm operates a fleet of Airbus A320s, Boeing 787s, and Embraer E190s.
Singapore Airlines Scoot Restructuring its Flights
Chennai: Daily Services by Scoot and Twice-Daily by SIA
Scoot will commence daily services between Singapore and Chennai on November 5, 2023. Simultaneously, SIA will increase its frequency to twice daily between the two cities from October 29, 2023.
This adjustment will elevate the SIA Group’s operations between Singapore and Chennai from 17 times weekly to 21 times weekly.
SIA will deploy Airbus A350-900, Boeing 737-8, and Boeing 787-10 aircraft, while Scoot will operate its Airbus A320 aircraft. The re-entry of Scoot after a three-year hiatus will provide passengers with more travel options on this significant route.
Hyderabad: SIA Takes Over Daily Services
From October 29, 2023, SIA will assume Scoot’s daily services between Singapore and Hyderabad. The airline will gradually increase frequencies from seven times weekly to 12 times weekly.
The new five-times weekly morning services will be operated by SIA’s Boeing 737-8s, providing passengers with increased options when traveling from Hyderabad to Singapore and beyond.
Additionally, the daily night services will be operated by SIA’s Airbus A350s, ensuring SIA’s full-service product exclusively serves Hyderabad.
Bengaluru: Improved Connectivity
Starting October 29, 2023, SIA will operate flights between Singapore and Bengaluru twice daily. The Airbus A350s will be used on all days except Thursdays and Sundays, when the Boeing 737-8 will operate the morning flight.
SIA will discontinue its thrice-weekly SQ512 and SQ513 Airbus 350 services in this restructuring, offering customers 14-times weekly flights instead of the current 16. This change aims to provide better connectivity for passengers traveling from Bengaluru to key destinations within the network.
Mr. Sy Yen Chen, General Manager India, Singapore Airlines, emphasized the Group’s commitment to India and the ability to offer industry-leading products and services to more cities across the country.
He stated that the restructuring allows them to be flexible and provide customers with more options and seamless connections to the wider Group network.
Mr. Brian Torrey, General Manager India, Scoot, expressed excitement about relaunching Chennai flights, stating it aligns with the Group’s network strategy to optimize resources and meet demand effectively.
Further, he highlighted the importance of the Indian market and the opportunity to connect individuals and families to Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu and the southernmost state of India.
Existing customers with bookings for travel from October 29, 2023, will be re-accommodated on SIA or Scoot flights as appropriate.
Further, the customer service teams of both airlines will proactively reach out to affected customers. Subsequently, to facilitate re-accommodation or refunds, where applicable.
With this restructuring, SIA will operate 96-weekly flights to and from eight Indian cities, including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Scoot will run 44-weekly flights to and from six Indian cities: Amritsar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, and Visakhapatnam.
In conclusion, the Singapore Airlines Group’s strategic restructuring of its Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad services reflects its dedication to catering to evolving passenger demands and reinforcing its position as a prominent player in the Indian aviation market.
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