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Airline boosts Asia-Australia links

Low-cost airline, Scoot, is increasing links between Asia and Australia by announcing plans for flights between Singapore and Melbourne.787-9 NPD #240-ZB127

Using its new 787 Dreamliner, the Singapore Airlines offshoot will fly non-stop five times a week between the two cities from next November.

Scoot already serves Sydney, Perth and Australia’s Gold Coast.

Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Wilson, said Melbourne “with its world-class culture, events, dining and surrounding scenery” had long been on Scoot’s radar.

The arrival of the Dreamliner offered the opportunity of adding the city to the company’s network.

Travellers can also connect beyond Singapore to 71 destinations served by Scoot or it’s partner airlines, including Phuket, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Bangkok.

Scoot says that since it launched Sydney services in 2012, total arrivals from Singapore to the harbour city jumped 32% year on year.

Singaporean holidaymakers visiting regional NSW went from a 2.5% decline to 23% growth.

Other destinations served by Scoot, such as Gold Coast and Perth, are also said to have experienced significant growth.

Launch price

To mark its arrival in Melbourne, Scoot has announced return economy fares from $300. For additional comfort and frills, travellers can opt for ‘Scootbiz’ class for $600 return.

These prices will be available until 2.59pm (AEST) on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Fares are valid for travel between November 1, 2015, and March 27, 2016. They are based on return travel including taxes and charges.

Scoot says blackout dates may apply.

About Ian Roberts (254 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

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