Scoot launching long-haul, low-cost flights from London to Thailand and Singapore
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Singapore-based budget airline Scoot has announced a surprising new route, with flights from London (LGW) to Singapore (SIN) via Bangkok (BKK) launching next month.
The airline is the low-cost arm of one of the world’s most respected full-service airlines, Singapore Airlines. The two airlines operate in a similar way to the relationship between Emirates and FlyDubai.
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From 16 December 2021, the seasonal service will initially operate three times weekly for the busy holiday travel season, before pausing in the new year ahead of a service resumption in March 2022. The flights will be operated by the airlines Boeing 787 aircraft which seat well over 300 passengers in a much tighter configuration than the likes of Singapore Airlines or British Airways install on their 787s. The Scoot aircraft feature an Economy cabin as well as a premium ScootPlus cabin as well as a Scoot-in-Silence section for those who prefer a quiet flight.
The schedules are set to adjust over the next few months but will initially launch as follows:
- TR751 London (LGW) 10:20 p.m. Departure ⇒ Bangkok (BKK) 4:10 p.m. (+1) Arrival / 5:10 p.m. Departure ⇒ Singapore (SIN) 8:45 p.m. (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)
- TR750 Singapore (SIN) 11:35 a.m. Departure ⇒ Bangkok (BKK) 1:35 p.m. Arrival / Departure 2:05 p.m. ⇒ London (LGW) 8:05 p.m. Arrival (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays).
Flights are priced from as low as £240 each way though expect to pay more than this during the busy Christmas travel season.
Long-haul travel between the United Kingdom and Asia has been tested by carriers like Air Asia X and Norwegian over the years, mostly without success as the razor thin profit margins achieved by low-cost travel has not added up over the long distances between the two regions. Scoot has forged some success serving secondary cities in Europe its full-service parents airline does not fly to, including Berlin (BER) and Athens (ATH).
While the service will allow passengers to fly to Singapore in a cheap and cheerful manner, it is likely to be even more popular with backpackers and other low-cost fans headed to the Thai capital of Bangkok (BKK). Scoot has wildly mixed reviews even for their short-haul services – some passengers value the low prices and transparent “no frills” product. Others have found the flights uncomfortable and the service nothing like the world-class hospitality their parent company Singapore Airlines consistently delivers.
Unfortunately these flights will not be eligible for the Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane programme as they are not direct services from the United Kingdom.
Featured image by Scoot
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