Scoot Resumes Flights To The Gold Coast

Singapore-based Scoot has resumed flights to Australia’s Gold Coast. On Monday, TR6 landed just after 07:00 after seven hours plus in the air. The flight has Scoot back on the Gold Coast – Singapore route after a near two-year absence. In addition to the Gold Coast, Scoot has also restarted flights to three Australian cities – Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth.

A reboot of international flights to the Gold Coast

Until Scoot suspended flights to the Gold Coast in March 2020, the under-the-radar service proved popular with travelers. Approximately 130,000 passengers annually flew the city pair onboard Scoot’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights.

“It is fantastic to have a date for Scoot recommencing services, so soon after the Queensland border was reopened to international travelers,” said Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills.

Sunday evening’s departure from Singapore will be followed by flights departing on Wednesday and Friday this week. From next week, Scoot’s Gold Coast flights will settle into a Monday – Wednesday- Friday routine. TR6 will depart Singapore at 20:25 on those evenings and travel through the night to land at Gold Coast’s Coolangatta Airport (OOL) at 06:05 the following morning.

After an hour on the ground, the return flight, TR7, pushes back at 07:25 for the seven-hour and 50-minute flight back to Singapore, landing there at 13:15. Those flights to Singapore will operate on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday this week before reverting to a Tuesday – Thursday – Saturday schedule next week.


Scoot breaks the Gold Coast’s international flights drought

Aside from some flights during 2021’s short-lived quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand, OOL hasn’t seen any international services since March 2020. Before then, the airport was carving out a niche as an alternative to nearby Brisbane Airport, particularly if passengers were eyeing flying on a low-cost carrier. Besides Scoot, AirAsia X operated flights to Malaysia, Jetstar had flights to Japan, and Air New Zealand operated all-economy class narrowbody flights over to New Zealand.

Scoot is the first airline back offering international flights to the Gold Coast after Queensland dropped its quarantine requirements for international arrivals in January and Australia began its staged border reopening late last year. That border reopening takes another step forward next week when Australia reopens to fully vaccinated tourists.

Scoot is returning its Dreamliners to the Gold Coast today after a near two year absence. Photo: Scoot

Gold Coast Airport starts to rebound

Usually, OOL is one of Australia’s busiest airports and the busiest non-capital city airport by a country mile. Most passenger traffic and aircraft movement numbers were domestic, but the airport was building a steady business as a leisure-oriented international port. In 2019, the last year of clear air for the airport, 940,995 international passengers moved through Gold Coast Airport. There were 5,049 international aircraft movements in the same year.

“International travel has more complexity than domestic services, and it will take time for the numbers to build back up,” Mr Mills told “It will take a while to get back to the million international passengers a year that were traveling through Gold Coast Airport pre-COVID-19.”

But Gold Coast Airport is firmly in recovery mode now. During the airport’s darkest days, business was sometimes so slow the airport would close for the day. While Scoot is the first international service to resume services OOL, domestic travelers have been steadily returning. In December, 204,271 passengers passed through the airport. That is 66.54% down on December 2019 numbers, but the trend is moving in the right direction. Now Queensland is welcoming travelers again, those numbers will keep rising.

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