Scoot Brings Back More Mainland China Routes

Seasonal flights are also being added to destinations in Indonesia, Japan, Australia, and Greece.

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Now that China has reopened its borders to the world, Scoot plans to restore connections to five more Chinese cities over the next few months. Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary will also be ramping up flight frequencies across its global network. Since broader travel restrictions were lifted last year, Scoot has expanded its reach with the launch of new destinations such as Jeju in South Korea; Miri in Malaysian Borneo; and Lombok, Makassar, and Yogyakarta in Indonesia.

Scoot says it will progressively increase its number of weekly flights to China from 14 to 26, adding frequencies to seven existing destinations — Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Tianjin, and Zhengzhou — by the end of the northern winter season on March 25. This will be followed by the resumption of thrice-weekly services to Ningbo (from April 1) and Haikou and Xi’an (from April 2), bringing the total count of weekly flights to China to 42 by the end of that month. Early May will then see the return of Scoot to Nanning and the northeastern city of Shenyang; both routes are set to be operated on a thrice-weekly basis, bumping up the carrier’s China frequencies to 57 times a week before July.

Scoot CEO Leslie Thng said in a statement, “Scoot has been anticipating the return of travel to and from China and we will scale up operations to meet the demand from this sizeable market. We will also ramp up frequencies to other popular summer destinations as customers continue to seek travel to connect with loved ones, explore new cultures, and create new experiences.”

Beyond China, the budget airline is ramping up operations to popular holiday destinations during the summer holidays. Frequencies to Athens will double to four times weekly, while Perth will increase from 10 to 12 times per week. Services bound for Sapporo via Taipei are set to go from thrice- to four times weekly, and scheduled departures to Tokyo through Taipei will expand from 10 to 12 times weekly. In Southeast Asia, Scoot’s Singapore–Langkawi route will be flown seven times weekly (compared to the current four times weekly), and services to Manado are being adjusted from three to four times a week. Notably, the carrier will be suspending flights to the Gold Coast after July 17, citing operational considerations and optimization of its resources.

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