Singapore’s Scoot sets to serve European market

In the wake of the COVID 19 outbreak, Scoot Airlines, Singapore’s low-cost carrier, has announced that its flights to two popular European destinations. On August 10, 2021, the flight will begin service between Greece, and Germany, with full commercial rights on the intra-European sector.

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They will enter the European market with fifth freedom return flights from Singapore Changi Airport to Athens International Airport, which will be operated as an extension of the carrier’s service from Singapore Changi to the Greek capital.

As travel conditions improve, the carrier is progressively restoring long-haul operations to Europe to offer nonstop service from Singapore to Berlin. According to OAG, there are presently no other carriers that fly from Singapore to Athens or Berlin.

“By connecting Berlin and Singapore via Athens, Scoot can tap into summer holiday demand between Germany and Greece, given that intra-European border measures have eased, and more efficiently supports travel demand from Europe to Singapore and Scoot’s broader Asia Pacific network, allowing us to resume our network in a calibrated manner,” the airline said.

Scoot used to fly two different flights between Singapore, Athens, and Berlin before the epidemic. Scoot can only return here now that aviation demand is low by serving both destinations with a single trip.

Fly Scoot 9V-OFC 787 , Photo by Krisgage Aviation
Fly Scoot 9V-OFC 787 , Photo by Krisgage Aviation

There will, however, be a stopover. The Dreamliners stop in Athens on their way there and back to offload and pick up new passengers. Scoot flights will now operate three times weekly, replacing the existing nonstop Singapore-Athens services.

The route will be deployed three times per week with a B787-8 aircraft. These flights will be available in both directions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The European flights can be booked separately through a section.

Passengers can now book tickets between Berlin and Athens as a result of the merger of the two airlines. This is a flight under the so-called fifth freedom, which has become more common in recent years. Usually, the travel trade will sell tickets for fifth-freedom flights at a lower price than the airline. Scoot has a Premium Economy Class in addition to an Economy Class.

Flights are available to book according to the airline’s schedule. The first TR 723 flight leaves Berlin at 12:50 and arrives in Athens at 16:50 o’clock. Similarly, TR 722 will leave Athens at 09:50 and arrive in Berlin at 11:50.

Takis Dimitriou, head of Asian Aviation, Scoot, and Singapore Airlines’ general sales agent in Greece and Cyprus, said, “We are excited that, after Asia, Singapore’s carrier is increasing the bar for low-cost airlines in Europe.”

Scoot began its European campaign four years ago. First, in June 2017, the low-cost carrier started flights from Singapore to Athens, a city pair that had previously been offered on a seasonal basis by SIA until 2015, and then in summer 2018, Berlin was added as the second European destination. The Covid-19 epidemic, on the other hand, severed the ties. Scoot will restart flights after a nearly year-and-a-half hiatus.

On May 25, 2021, the Singaporean carrier resumed flights to Athens, its first resumed European route, a full 14 months after it was halted. Prior to the pandemic, Scoot operated a stand-alone nonstop flight from Singapore to Berlin Tegel (since closed and replaced by Brandenburg International airport).

Scoot’s Chief Executive Campbell Wilson stated in a recent interview with ch-aviation that the carrier might be able to resurrect its European network more quickly than some of its core regional routes because European travel restrictions are currently less stringent than those in China or Australia.

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