Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Scoot will fly to India from this March, subject to regulatory approval.
“We are awaiting final approvals from aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for flying to India from Singapore. We have all necessary ground handling and technical assistance in India ready to support our flights,” said Bharath Mahadevan, country head, Scoot.
The airline says it will operate from three cities (one south-Indian city and two tier II cities) by May.
Singapore Airlines owns the full-service Silk Air and owns a stake in the low-cost airline Tiger Air, both of which also fly to India. Scoot will not fly to any destinations where the partner airlines operate, and will offer no frills flights, with fares including seat-only and other services chargeable separately.
“I don’t believe there is market for point-to-point services for an international low-cost airline out of India,” said Mahadevan.
“But in our case, we are going to position ourselves as network airline by connecting to the network of Tiger Airways and Singapore Airlines,” .