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Scoot to suspend flights to four cities
Scoot will suspend services to Lucknow, Kalibo, Quanzhou and Male – all served by the Airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline cited weak demand and a shortage of aircraft resources as reasons for its decision. The aircraft shortage is arising as SilkAir, due to the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, will no longer transfer its Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to Scoot in the financial year 2019/2020, as originally announced in November 2018. However, Scoot will continue to undertake the routes that SilkAir had earlier committed to transfer over.
The last flights departing Singapore and the four cities are:
Singapore to Lucknow (TR500) on June 29, 2019
Lucknow to Singapore (TR501) on June 29, 2019
Singapore to Kalibo (TR372) on June 30, 2019
Kalibo to Singapore (TR373) on June 30, 2019
Singapore to Quanzhou (TR178) on August 24, 2019
Quanzhou to Singapore (TR179) on August 24, 2019
Singapore to Male (TR588) on October 25, 2019
Male to Singapore (TR589) on October 25, 2019
Customers with existing bookings have been contacted and provided with the following options:
- rebook their flight at no additional charge to the same destination departing before the planned suspension date;
- rebook their flight at no additional charge to other Scoot destinations within the same country, within seven days of the original departure date;
- obtain a 100 per cent refund on their booking via their original mode of payment; or
- obtain a 120 per cent refund on their booking via a Scoot Travel Voucher.
Jetstar Asia adds 46 services to four cities during Ramadan
Jetstar Asia has added 46 services between Singapore and four destinations – Medan, Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur and Penang – to meet the increased travel demand over Ramadan and the Hari Raya Puasa holidays in 2019. These flights will operate in addition to the airline’s regular scheduled services from May 25 to June 24, 2019.
The additional services include: 16 flights between Singapore and Surabaya; nine between Singapore and Medan; 15 between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; and six between Singapore and Penang.
AirAsia to resume Phuket-Jakarta flights
AirAsia will commence thrice-weekly flights between Phuket and Jakarta on July 2, 2019. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, FD793 departs Phuket at 21.40 for arrival in Jakarta at 01.00 the following day. FD794 departs Jakarta on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 01.25, arriving in Phuket at 04.20.
Juneyao Air and Finnair enter codeshare
Juneyao Air and Finnair have agreed to launch a codeshare partnership, with flights opening for sale on May 17 and travel effective June 28. Under the codeshare agreement, Juneyao Air HO code will be placed on the Helsinki-Shanghai flight by Finnair, and domestic cities in Finland include Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Oulu, Kemi and Kuopio. Passengers will also benefit from baggage check-through.
Finnair passengers can also take advantage of Juneyao Air’s network in China, with the codeshare flights connecting to cities including Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi’an, Chongqing, Qingdao, Xiamen, Kunming, Fuzhou and Nanjing to Xi’an, Chongqing and Zhangjiajie. Meanwhile, Finnair will place its AY code on the Shanghai-Helsinki flight by Juneyao Air.
Separately, Juneyao Air will launch its Shanghai (PVG) – Helsinki (HEL) daily service June 28 with its brand-new flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, becoming the only Chinese private-owned full-service carrier with direct longhaul flights to Europe.