Singapore Airlines, Scoot to operate flights to 10 Indian cities

Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary Scoot will gradually operate flights from Singapore to 10 Indian cities from November 29 onwards, a statement said on Tuesday, November 23.

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) had on Sunday, November 21 announced that Singapore and India have reached an agreement to resume commercial passenger flights between the two countries from November 29.

Air travel to Singapore is currently happening on the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) and a non-vaccinated travel lane.

VTL allows quarantine free travel to Singapore for fully vaccinated travellers.

Singapore Airlines in its statement said on Tuesday that it will launch daily direct VTL services from Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai on November 29, subject to regulatory approvals.

In addition, Singapore Airlines said it will operate non-VTL direct flights connecting Singapore with Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Kochi from November 30.

The full-service carrier will also start non-VTL direct flights on the Singapore-Hyderabad route from December 1 onward.

“Singapore Airlines may operate both VTL flights and non-VTL flights on the same routes, so it is important for customers to select their flights carefully,” it stated.

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Scoot will start non-VTL services on the Singapore-Hyderabad route and Singapore-Tiruchirapalli route from November 30 and December 2, respectively.

Scoot will also operate non-VTL direct flights on the Singapore-Amritsar route by its Boeing 787 Dreamliners from January 31 next year, it said.

Travellers on a VTL flight entering Singapore will be required two COVID-19 tests — one within two days of flight departure and one on-arrival test at the Singapore airport.

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Pre-COVID, Scoot operated six-passenger services to India – Amritsar, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum, and Visakhapatnam. Scoot is committed to resuming its other routes between Singapore and India soon, to support the safe and gradual resumption of international air travel, to reunite loved ones across borders and better support pent-up demand for both leisure and business travels.

The VTL passengers would not undergo any quarantine.

Singapore started the VTL mechanism on September 8 with two countries – Brunei and Germany. It now has VTL arrangements with 13 countries, including Australia, the UK and the US. VTLs for India, Finland, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sweden will become operational from November 29, and similar arrangements for Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will begin from December 6.

Scoot Tigerair Pte. Ltd., trading as Scoot, is a low-cost long-haul subsidiary airline of Singapore Airlines (SIA), via Tiger Airways Holding. Established by Singapore Airlines in 2011, Scoot commenced operations in June 2012 to Sydney and Gold Coast.

SIA utilised Scoot to leverage the rising challenge from LCCs in key markets. Scoot initially launched operations with four Boeing 777-200s in a two-class configuration and later switched its fleet to over 15 787-8/9 aircraft, all sourced through parent SIA. 

Tiger Airways Holdings became a subsidiary of the Singapore Airlines Group in Dec-2014 after the airline group increased its stake in the company from 40% to 56%. Singapore Airlines acquired the remaining shares in Tiger Airways Holdings in March 2016 and established a new holding group for its LCC subsidiaries (Scoot and Tigerair) called Budget Aviation Holdings, with plans of merging Scoot into Tiger Airways Holdings.

Scoot and Tigerair completed the integration on 25-Jul-2017. The combined airline operates A320 and Boeing 787 aircraft under a common AOC, using the Scoot brand and TR flight code.