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SilkAir to take over Scoot's Yangon flights

[SINGAPORE] SilkAir will be taking over flights to Yangon, Myanmar, that are currently operated five times a week by the Singapore Airlines (SIA) group's budget arm Scoot, from Oct 29.

This was announced by SilkAir and Scoot in a statement on Monday (Oct 9).

SilkAir, which is SIA's regional arm, already operates 10 non-stop flights a week to Yangon and three flights a week via Mandalay in Myanmar. With the transfer of Scoot's Yangon flights, SilkAir will boost its Yangon operations to 15 non-stop flights a week.

People with bookings on Scoot's Yangon flights on and after Oct 29 will be re-accommodated on SilkAir. They will receive details of their new bookings by e-mail when the re-accommodation is completed.

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Those who prefer to cancel their bookings can opt for a full refund of their tickets. Scoot customers can contact the Scoot call centre for help.

Scoot chief executive Lee Lik Hsin said: "The transfer of Scoot's Yangon services to SilkAir will optimise aircraft utilisation within the Singapore Airlines Group and free up Scoot's resources for other network development plans."

SilkAir chief executive Foo Chai Woo said: "We look forward to providing our customers additional flight frequencies to Yangon, complete with our full service experience, including complimentary baggage allowance, inflight meals and inflight entertainment via our SilkAir Studio."

With the transfer, Scoot will no longerfly to Myanmar and its network will then span 60 destinations across 16 countries.

Scoot had earlier announced that it will start operating flights to Kuching in Malaysia on Oct 29, Honolulu in the United States on Dec 19 and Kuantan in Malaysia on Feb 2, 2018.

Scoot will also operate seasonal flights to Harbin from Dec 1 and add seasonal non-stop Singapore-Sapporo flights from Nov 3.

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