WITH Singapore budget carrier Scoot joining the likes of Air Asia X and Jetstar in flying to Melbourne in November 2015, international students may enjoy lower airfares beyond Singapore to other parts of Asia. Darren Boon has the details.
International students may enjoy lower airfares when Singapore budget carrier Scoot launches flights between Singapore and Melbourne in November 2015.
The flights will begin November 1 with the airline’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Flights will operate five times weekly on every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Schedules are as follows.
|Melbourne Tullamarine – Singapore Changi Airport||TZ 21||1230||1725|
|Singapore Changi Airport – Melbourne Tullamarine||TZ 22||0100||1120|
|All timings stated are local. Schedules correct at press time and subject to change.|
Passengers will have the possibility to connect to Scoot’s other destinations leaving from or entering Singapore such as Hong Kong, Qingdao, Shenyang, Taipei, Tianjin and Tokyo Narita, based on the airline’s Winter 2014/2015 timetable.
Scoot’s passengers will also be able to connect to Tigerair’s destinations out and into Singapore as both airlines have a partnership, Scoot told Meld.
So far, the ability to book connections to and from Singapore on Scoot’s webpage is not available for Melbourne flights yet, though it is possible for Sydney flights.
A one way fare from Melbourne to Singapore in November sans frills with just a 7kg hand luggage in November will cost AUD$259 onwards (fly option) while a return airfare between Melbourne and Singapore will cost AUD$558 onwards.
Customers can pay an additional charge for 20kg checked-in luggage, meals under the FlyBag options or FlyBagEat options. A return airfare between Melbourne and Singapore in November will cost AUD$652 onwards for the FlyBagEat option which includes checked-in luggage and meals.
A cheaper alternative for students could include two separate bookings for the Melbourne to Singapore and Singapore to Melbourne sectors rather than as a return trip.
By comparison, a non-stop flight between Melbourne and Singapore in November could set students back AUD$831 and further on other airlines such as Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Qantas.
Scoot also offers business class seats to patrons who can afford to pay for the extra comfort.
Melbourne will be Scoot’s 11th destination. Scoot also serves Bangkok Don Muang and Seoul Incheon, in addition to its three Australian destinations in Gold Coast, Perth and Sydney.
Scoot’s CEO Campbell Wilson said in a press release, “We’ve heard loud and clear the demands for Scoot to fly to Melbourne, and we’re delighted to finally be able to answer them! Melbourne, with its world-class culture, events, dining and surrounding scenery, has long been on our radar and the arrival of our new Boeing 787s gives us this chance to add it to our network.”