Scoot takes SilkAir routes

SINGAPORE, 8 August 2017: Following the merger of Tiger Air and Scoot some of SilkAir’s services are being transferred to the low-cost airline.

Scoot will take over services to Kuching in Malaysia, 29 October and to Palembang in Indonesia, 23 November.

SilkAir flies four times weekly to Kuching and has  three weekly fights to Palembang. Its fares are not competitive with low-cost airlines prompting the decision to shift the service to Scoot.

The same strategy might play out on other SilkAir routes in the coming months as parent company Singapore Airlines attempts to segment the markets between three products.

After the merger, Tiger Air’ designator ‘TR’ carried over to Scoot, the sole reminder of  the utlra low-cost airline. Scoot  has already opened sales for the Kuching flight this month and bookings will open for the Palembang services in October.

“The transfer of the Kuching and Palembang services to Scoot is intended to further optimise the SIA Group’s resources and present a better match of capacity to demand,” said SilkAir chief executive Foo Chai Woo.

SilkAir will maintain its services to four other points in Malaysia, namely Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang.

As for Indonesia, the full service airline will still operate to 11 other points: Balikpapan, Bandung, Denpasar (Bali), Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Medan, Pekanbaru, Semarang, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.

SilkAir will commence scheduled services to Hiroshima, Japan, 30 October subject to regulatory approval.

Additionally, SilkAir will also increase frequency on services to other destinations, including Cairns, Kathmandu, Yangon and Penang from 29 October.

The addition of Kuching and Palembang to the network will bring Scoot’s destination count in Malaysia to six, and to four in Indonesia. Current destinations in Malaysia are Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang and Kuantan to come on line by February 2018; while Indonesian destinations comprise Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta and Surabaya.