Singapore-based airline Scoot has confirmed it will open a new route to Palembang in Sumatra, whilst also expanding its coverage to other cities in the archipelago. The inaugural flight on the Palembang route will depart from Changi Airport in Singapore on 23rd November 2017. The new schedule will subsequently operate four times every week between Palembang and Singapore.
Operating under flight number TR250, the flights will be available every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. To mark the new addition to their flight schedule, Scoot is offering a promotional fare; prices start from just Rp 110,000 ($8.14) for one-way trips from Palembang. The promo began at 9:00 a.m. on October 21 and will end on 5th November at 10:59 p.m.
“Palembang is the right choice for us,” said Scoot Chief Commercial Officer, Vinod Kannan. “We want to promote Palembang as a new destination following [our] other three destinations in Indonesia,” he added.
Indonesian Minister for Tourism, Arief Yahya, has also endorsed the move. “This is the right choice for a new flight,” said the minister. “Singapore and Palembang have historical and cultural relationships that can be traced back to the Sriwijaya Empire era,” he continued.
Scoot has also announced they will offer additional flights connecting Singapore to other locations in Indonesia. Once such additional flight is from Singapore to Denpasar in Bali, which means that henceforth there will be a total of three daily flights serving the route. Scoot has added an additional flight to Surabaya, taking the weekly total on the route up to seven. With these changes, Scoot will now operate a total of 53 flights to Indonesia every week. The airline has increased its service to Indonesia by a total of twelve additional flights.
Scoot is a low-cost airline based in Singapore, offering affordable flights to a demographic of predominantly young and adventurous travellers. They describe themselves as “an airline for the young, the young-at-heart and the value-seeking.” Scoot operates 24 Airbus 320s and 14 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, flying to locations such as Hawaii, China, India, Australia and Indonesia. Scoot was voted Asia/Pacific’s Best Low-Cost Airline in 2015.