A number of Silkair routes will be transferred to SIA Group subsidiary Scoot, starting in April 2019. The move will take place over the next two years, ahead of SilkAir’s merger into Singapore Airlines (SIA). In return, Scoot will transfer some of its services to existing destinations served by SIA and SilkAir.
The changes are the result of a detailed review to identify the best match of SIA Group airlines to evolving customer demand.
The changes, which are subject to regulatory approvals, are planned as follows:
From SilkAir to Scoot:
- Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos,
- April 2019
- Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam in India,
- between May 2019 and October 2019
- Changsha, Fuzhou, Kunming and Wuhan in China,
- between May 2019 and June 2019
- Chiang Mai in Thailand (existing Scoot destination)
- October 2019
- Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia,
- December 2019
- Balikpapan, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Semarang and Yogyakarta in Indonesia,
- between May 2020 and July 2020
From Scoot to SIA (existing SIA destinations):
- Bengaluru and Chennai in India,
- May 2019 and May 2020
From Scoot to SilkAir (existing SilkAir destinations):
- Shenzhen in China,
- from June 2019
- Kochi in India,
- from October 2019
Other route changes
SilkAir will convert its Mandalay route to a seasonal service. Existing services will end in March 2019, resuming in November 2019, until January 2020.
Scoot will suspend services to Honolulu with effect from June 2019 as a result of weak demand.
All dates are indicative and dependent on required regulatory approvals. Customers with existing bookings will have the option of switching to the new Scoot, SIA or SilkAir flights where possible, or receive refunds.
The previously announced merger (see above) between Silkair and Singapore Airlines will provide closer product and service consistency across the SIA Group’s full-service network. Low-cost subsidiary Scoot’s fleet will be expanded with the transfer of 14 Boeing 737-800s from SilkAir. SilkAir will continue growing its operations as it takes delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.