Scoot resumes long-haul, low-cost flights from London to Thailand and Singapore

Mar 24, 2022

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Singapore-based budget airline Scoot will operate flights from London (LGW) to Singapore (SIN) via Bangkok (BKK) three times a week.

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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Scoot originally began flying from Gatwick on16 December 2021, before pausing in the new year ahead of resuming service this month. The flights are 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.

Related: What you need to know about flying low-cost to Asia with Scoot

The schedules are set to adjust over the next few months but will initially launch as follows:

  • TR751 London (LGW) ⇒ Bangkok (BKK) ⇒ Singapore (SIN) (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)
  • TR750 Singapore (SIN) ⇒ Bangkok (BKK) ⇒ London (LGW) (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays).

Flights are priced from as low as £334 each way in April.

Photo by Scoot

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. More recently air routes to Asia have also been affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent airspace closures – with many airliners operating these routes taking the ‘long way round’ to reach their destination.  Scoot has also 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.

Featured image by Scoot

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