SilkAir to transfer services to Kuching to sister company Scoot

A Silkair passenger aircraft taking off from the Penang International Airport in fine weather Friday (19/11/10). Weather is fine throughout the day in the whole Penang state.

SINGAPORE: SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines (SIA), will be transferring its services to Kuching, Sarawak, to Scoot, the low-cost unit of SIA, starting Oct 29.

Currently, SilkAir flies four times weekly to Kuching.

It will also transfer its services to Palembang in Indonesia on Nov 23, 2017, where it flies thrice weekly.

“The transfer of the Kuching and Palembang services to Scoot is intended to further optimise the SIA group’s resources and present a better match of capacity to demand,” SilkAir chief executive Foo Chai Woo said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

SilkAir will maintain its flight services to four other points in Malaysia - Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang.

“Kuching and Palembang complement our robust South-East Asia network and we are looking forward to bringing the Scoot travel experience to more guests in the region,” Scoot chief executive officer Lee Lik Hsin said.

The addition of Kuching and Palembang to the network will bring Scoot’s destination count in Malaysia to six, and to four in Indonesia.

Current destinations in Malaysia are Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang and Kuantan (to come on line by February 2018); while Indonesian destinations comprise Denpasar, Jakarta and Surabaya.

SilkAir, which took to the skies in February 1989 as Tradewinds the Airline, before evolving into SilkAir in 1992, is a full-service airline and operates about 400 weekly flights to 53 destinations in 15 countries.

Scoot, which took to the skies in June 2012 and merged with Tigerair Singapore in July this year, on Tuesday introduced five new routes - to Harbin, Honolulu, Kuantan, Kuching and Palembang.

Meanwhile, SilkAir’s customers who had booked for Kuching for travel from Oct 29 onwards will be given the option to reroute their flight to another SilkAir point in Malaysia or to continue their travel to Kuching on a Scoot flight.

Customers booked for travel to Palembang from Nov 23 onwards will be given the option to reroute their flight to another SilkAir point in Indonesia.

Alternatively, they can also opt for a full refund of their tickets.

All administrative fees and penalties will be waived for customers who have purchased tickets prior to today (Tuesday) and this also applies to KrisFlyer redemption tickets. - Bernama
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