Singapore Airlines-owned low-cost carrier Scoot will be flying to Europe next June with Athens as its first stop, the company announced on Tuesday.
The budget airline said flights from Singapore to Athens will start June 20, 2017 after regulatory approval. Travelers will fly on the airline’s 787 Dreamliner every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The 11-and-a-half hour flight to Athens, Scoot’s first to Europe, will be the longest flight operated by a budget carrier at a distance exceeding 10,000km, the airline said, adding that fares will be “pocket-friendly”.
The company said the move marks Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group’s strategic decision to stimulate passenger traffic between Asia Pacific and Europe, as well as boost connectivity through the Singapore hub.
“Guests have requested us to fly to Europe for a while, and Scoot is excited to finally oblige,” said CEO of Budget Airlines Holdings, a subsidiary of SIA Group, Lee Lik Hsin.
“To commemorate its foray into Europe, Scoot is offering attractive one-way Economy FLY fares to and from Athens starting from $288, inclusive of taxes; $888 for ScootBiz,” the statement said.
Launched in 2012 with headquarters at Singapore’s Changi Airport, Scoot has until now offered medium- and long-haul routes from Singapore, mainly to Australia and China.
Asian Aviation is the general sales agent (GSA) of Singapore Airlines in Greece and Cyprus.