Welcome competition for Singapore-KL

7 Oct 2008 by Mark Caswell

The popular Singapore
to Kuala Lumpur shuttle is SE
Asia’s equivalent of London-Paris. Both routes are of similar length, serve capital cities, and are used by
both point-to-point and transfer passengers.

In particular few long-haul flights with
carriers other than MAS serve Kuala
Lumpur. So travellers who prefer the likes of SIA or
other foreign carriers like Air France,
BA, Qantas, United and so on prefer to fly first to Singapore
then on to Kuala Lumpur.

Until recently the route, was served only by
SIA and MAS (Malaysia Airlines). SIA
used large B777s while MAS operated elderly B737s. Passengers complained of inflexible fares and
awkward gaps between flights.

But the route is being thrown open to
competition so along came local budget carriers Air Asia, Jetstar and Tiger. And SIA has decided that extra flights are,
after all, needed. These now plug the
gaps in the schedule.

The new services will be operated by SIA’s
subsidiary Silk Air with Airbus A320s. A new early morning service starts on
October 26 with new lunchtime and late afternoon flights commencing on December

Says an SIA spokesperson, “Full liberalisation
of the Singapore-Malaysia Air Services Agreement takes effect from December 1.
Airlines from both countries will be granted unlimited access between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. 
This gives SIA and Silk Air the opportunity to provide our customers
with more choice and convenience.”

For more information go to

Report by Alex McWhirter

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