Singapore Airlines has launched its first budget long-haul airline ‘Scoot’ and will begin flights to Sydney from next June.
The airline will be in direct competition with Qantas and Jetstar and promises to offer flights “40% cheaper” than premium airlines.
Flights to Sydney will commence next year, with the possibility of flying to Melbourne very much in their sights.
Scoot chief executive Campbell Wilson said: “No longer does Sydney need to be something you plan six months in advance, travel once a year, or once every two years. With the type of airfares we offer, with the type of simplicity we offer, the name Scoot means basically get up and go, you can travel as you want and when you want.”
He said the airline will be “unabashedly no-frills” and will fuel competitive pricing between other Australian airlines.
Scoot’s presence in Sydney is also likely to boost tourism between the two cities.
New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell welcomed the airline: “This service will link those two cities and provide greater competition and provide greater price points for tourists. This is expected to add some A$150 million to the state’s economy.”
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