Singapore Airlines expands interest in India via its Scoot brand

Scoot Airways

Singapore Airline’s budget long-haul brand Scoot has extended its services into India after it identified the country as an opportunity for growth.

The brand has added a weekly service to Jaipur and comes a week after it added Hokkaido in Japan, part of its plans to double its service in terms of cities by 2017.

According to reports, it’s the first international flight to be added to Jaipur beyond fights from the Middle East. With Singapore airport Changi’s myriad connections to Asia Pacific, the new flight could open the city up to significantly more tourism and business.

A report on the International Business Times India, Vasundhara Raje, chief minister of Rajasthan was quoted as saying; "We are excited to welcome an international airline like Scoot as it opens new avenues for the public in Jaipur to fly to popular destinations. This will go a long way in boosting trade and tourism for the city making it more prominent on the world map.”

Scoot first identified India as a growth opportunity in May this year where it launched a flight to Amritsar and Chennai on a Boeing 787 plane, according to the International Business Times India. The service to Jaipur will be three times a week, increasing to four by the end of the month. Sister airline Tiger Air also covers key Indian cities.

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