An interesting travel development in recent weeks was the move by low-cost, medium-haul airline, Scoot, to enter the Indian market.
The Singapore Airlines subsidiary now flies directly between Singapore and both Chennai in South India and Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab
Flights to the popular tourist destination of Jaipur will be launched later this year.
Scoot’s flights to India have further boosted the presence of the Singapore Airlines group in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets..
International Air Transport Association figures show that India is projected to be the world’s third largest air passenger market by 2031.
Annual passenger traffic there is expected to reach a total of 367 million by 2034 – an additional 266 million annual passengers over today.
Scoot’s move into India means that it now flies out of Singapore to 17 destinations in seven countries, including Australia and China.
The airline’s new service to Amritsar operates three times a week and will increase frequency with an additional Monday service from July.
Scoot takes over the Singapore-Chennai daily service from Tigerair.
When the move into India was announced, the Chief Commercial Officer for Scoot and Tigerair, Mr Leslie Thng, said the Singapore-Jaipur service would operate four times a week from October.
“Guests from India can now fly to amazing destinations in our Asia-Pacific network
through the Singapore hub, as well as onward with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Tigerair in the SIA Group portfolio”.
Scoot’s fleet of 787 Dreamliners operates between Singapore and Sydney; Gold Coast; Bangkok; Taipei; Tokyo; Tianjin; Shenyang; Nanjing; Qingdao; Seoul; Hong Kong; Perth; Osaka; Kaohsiung; Hangzhou; Melbourne; Guangzhou; Jeddah; Chennai; Amritsar – and soon to Jaipur and Sapporo.