Call to review Singaporean flight schedules

Wong (seated centre) is urging Scoot airline to offer ‘passenger-friendly’ schedule for flights to Sibu.

SINGAPOREAN low-cost airline, Scoot, has been urged to change its flight schedules to Sibu, Sarawak, for the convenience of its customers.

Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is to start the Singapore-Sibu and Singapore-Miri sectors from June 5.

It will schedule three weekly flights to Sibu, and four weekly flights to Miri.

A change in the flight times, according to SUPP Dudong chairman Wong Ching Yong, would be a lot more convenient for travellers, especially the elderly and children.

Wong said the 5.25am flight to Sibu was much too early, which would compel travellers to stay at “expensive hotels” at Changi Airport.

“It’s good that Scoot will fly here, but the flight schedules are not passenger-friendly.

“The flight from Singapore to Sibu is at 5.25am every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, while Sibu to Singapore is at 7.50am. The flight from Singapore to Sibu is too early.

“Because of this passengers will have to spend the night in hotels close to the airport, which are expensive.

“For example, a room in a three-star hotel there already costs RM601 per night. A five-star hotel room around Changi airport is about RM1,325 per night.

“The minimum hotel charge is about RM400 (per night),” he told reporters at a Dudong Branch SUPP Mobile Service Counter operation.

He said the flight schedules for Singapore-Miri, however, were better.

“Singapore-Miri is at 4.55pm, while Miri-Singapore is at 7.40pm. So, these schedules are friendlier,” he said.

“Hopefully the times for the Singapore-Sibu flight can be changed and I hope the airline will consider rescheduling them to a more passenger-friendly time,” said Wong.

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