Scoot, the long-haul budget carrier for Singapore Airlines, is at the heart of a move that may further open Thailand to international travellers.
Announcing a move to the more central Don Mueang International Airport at Bangkok, Scoot said that its passengers could now easily reach more than 21 domestic Thai destinations under a partnership with the local low-cost carrier, Nok Air.
Flights for an entire combined journey can also be booked through a single transaction on Scoot’s website.
Scoot chief executive officer, Campbell Wilson, said an interline arrangement between the two airlines gave passengers access to Nok Air’s domestic coverage, and Scoot’s international network.
This allows international passengers to visit different parts of Thailand with the ease of a single booking.
Scoot operates medium and long-haul no-frills flights with a fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong and Perth.
The airline says it is expecting the arrival of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner later this year.
Passengers on Nok Air can now connect to Scoot’s international flights, and international passengers can connect on Nok Air to destinations within Thailand.
Air Nok flies 16 Boeing 737-800 and two ATR 72-500 aircraft. This fleet is also being expanded, with confirmed orders for six Bombardier Q400 NextGeneration aircraft; seven Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation; and eight Boeing 737 Max planes.