By Charlotte Seet
Scoot resumes flights to Gold Coast
The first half of every year is usually a slower period for travel, and now even more so as the Covid-19 Omicron variant rumbles around the world and the airline industry’s recovery continues to slow.
And while the vaccinated travel lanes have been successful in boosting the recovery, a slight halt in ticket sales and flight tenders has once again slowed down the recovery process for the Singapore Airlines Group – which managed to carry nearly 600,000 passengers between flag carrier Singapore Airlines and low-cost carrier. Scoot in December 2020.
To navigate the storms that Omicron threatens to continue bringing — particularly in Asia where the virus appears to have a more acute and long-lasting effect compared to other regions — the airline group would need to continue to adapt its network to the ever-changing market conditions, where the opportunity arises.
And this strategy is exactly what Scoot employs. Following the announcement of quarantine-free international travel to Queensland, the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group has decided to take the opportunity to become the first airline to provide flight services between Singapore and Gold Coast.
Scoot Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Wilson, said: “Scoot is delighted to be the first airline to resume international flights to and from Gold Coast. With more than 65 million customers flown on more than a decade of flights, Australia continues to be a beloved travel destination. Scoot served nearly 130,000 travelers between Singapore and Gold Coast in 2019 alone, just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With our current network of 70 destinations, Scoot looks forward to providing customers with the opportunity to rekindle their wanderlust, reunite with loved ones and reconnect with concordant business counterparts.”
As of Valentine’s Day, the three-weekly flight service will run as TR6 towards the Gold Coast. The addition of the beach destination marks the fourth Australian city Scoot has flights to – alongside Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
While Scoot continues to operate flights to and from Australia, the resumption of flights between Singapore and Gold Coast will enable the low cost airline to better support a wide range of business and leisure travel needs.
Chris Mills, the CEO of Queensland Airports Limited, welcomed the news of Scoot’s return to the Gold Coast. “We can’t wait to see Scoot again and welcome visitors from Singapore back to the Gold Coast,” he said. “It’s fantastic to have a date for Scoot to return to service so soon after the Queensland border reopened to international travellers. Many locals will be happy to book their trip, whether it’s to catch up with family and friends or to experience all that Singapore has to offer. And the Gold Coast is becoming a very attractive destination for international visitors.”
While the news of the resumption is certainly welcome for Scoot, the same can still not be said for Singapore Airlines, as the national carrier had to postpone quarantine-free flights from Singapore to Perth, which were scheduled for February 5.
While Singapore Airlines continues to operate quarantine-free flights under its Vaccinated Travel Lane schedule from Perth to Singapore, the lack of the other direction is still a major impediment to the airline’s recovery as Australia remains an immensely popular market for travelers of all types.
Unfortunately, uncertainty continues to grow in Australia as the reopening of certain borders continues to be exceptionally delayed by the rising number of infections in the country, even forcing the hands of the Qantas Group to reduce both its domestic and international capacity by end-users. March.