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Scoot adds Tokyo, Osaka and Kaohsiung flights in September

Scoot is adding Tokyo via Taipei and Osaka via Kaohsiung to its route network in September, for a total of 18 destinations

Scoot has made some further network announcements for September 2020, adding both Tokyo and Osaka in Japan to its list of passenger destinations. While Tokyo flights will capitalise on the airline’s existing routing through Taipei, the addition of Osaka also means flights between Singapore and Kaohsiung will be added, for three more cities in total compared to the original plan for the month.

Both routes will be operated by 375-seat Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with the low-cost carrier likely capitalising on cargo capacity rather than passenger demand at this stage, while borders in Japan, Taiwan and Singapore remain largely restricted to their own citizens or residents returning.

These new services will supplement SIA’s own three times weekly Tokyo flights and twice weekly Osaka flights, though in both cases those operate nonstop.

Tokyo

Originally a daily route, the airline’s Boeing 787-9s will operate to and from Tokyo Narita on Wednesdays from 9th September 2020, via Taipei, returning on Thursdays.

Taipei / Tokyo
(from 9 Sep)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ TPE
TR882
789
TPE ➔ NRT
TR882
789
NRT ➔ TPE
TR883
789
TPE ➔ SIN
TR883
789

Flights depart from Singapore at 7am, arriving into Taipei for a 1-hour stop at 11.35am, finally touching down into Narita at 4.55pm. The aircraft and crew will then rest overnight in Tokyo before returning the following morning at 10am, through Taipei again at lunchtime with a 6.20pm arrival back in Changi.

Kaohsiung / Osaka

Scoot’s Boeing 787-9s will operate to and from Osaka on Saturdays from 19th September 2020, via Kaohsiung.

Kaohsiung / Osaka
(from 19 Sep)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KHH
TR884
789
KHH ➔ KIX
TR884
789
KIX ➔ KHH
TR885
789
KHH ➔ SIN
TR885
789

Flights depart from Singapore at 9.30am, arriving into Kaohsiung for a 1-hour stop at 1pm, then landing into Kansai at 7.35pm. The aircraft and crew will then rest overnight in Osaka before returning the following day at 12pm, through Kaohsiung again in the afternoon with a 7.35pm arrival back in Changi.

Note: Scoot is only able to sell SIN-KHH-SIN and KHH-KIX-KHH sectors on this service. Passengers travelling from Singapore to Osaka or vice-versa are not permitted, since transit passengers are not currently allowed through Kaohsiung Airport.

Where else is Scoot flying?

These three new cities increase the Scoot network to a total of 18 destinations by late September 2020, joining three Indonesian destinations recently announced.

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Here’s how the schedule looks for the other 15 routes on Scoot’s passenger network.

Clark
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CRK
TR386
320
CRK ➔ SIN
TR387
320
Guangzhou
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ CAN
TR100
789
CAN ➔ SIN
TR101
789
Hong Kong
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ HKG
TR980
789
HKG ➔ SIN
TR981
789
Ipoh
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ IPH
TR480
320
IPH ➔ SIN
TR481
320
Kuala Lumpur
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KUL
TR452
32N
KUL ➔ SIN
TR453
32N
Kuching
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ KCH
TR430
320
KCH ➔ SIN
TR431
320
Nanjing
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ NKG
TR180
789
NKG ➔ SIN
TR181
789
Palembang
(from 8 Sep)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PLM
TR250
320
PLM ➔ SIN
TR251
320
Pekanbaru
(from 17 Sep)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PKU
TR252
320
PKU ➔ SIN
TR253
320
Penang
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PEN
TR426
320
PEN ➔ SIN
TR427
320
Perth
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ PER
TR8
789
PER ➔ SIN
TR9
789
SIN ➔ PER
TR16
789
PER ➔ SIN
TR17
789
Surabaya
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ SUB
TR262
320
SUB ➔ SIN
TR263
320
Taipei / Seoul
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ TPE
TR880
789
TPE ➔ ICN
TR880
789
ICN ➔ TPE
TR881
789
TPE ➔ SIN
TR881
789
Yogyakarta
(from 29 Sep)
  Days Acft
M T W T F S S
SIN ➔ YIA
TR212
320
YIA ➔ SIN
TR213
320

  Flight totals

Once Yogyakarta joins the network in the last week of September, a total of 46 weekly Scoot passenger flights will be operated.

That doesn’t come close to the 1,200 weekly flights Scoot had originally planned for the month, however a progressively increased schedule with six more cities on the roster is a step in the right direction from the original low point of 12 weekly passenger flights in both April and May 2020.

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In total during September 166 Scoot passenger flights are now scheduled, a 15% increase compared to August 2020.

The airline’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft are also continuing to fly additional cargo-only services to cities like Wuhan, with some cargo-only Airbus A320 flights also operating.

Scoot recently converted an Airbus A320 to all-cargo fit by removing its 180 passenger seats, with a second such aircraft currently undergoing the same modification.

One Scoot Airbus A320 is already operating with no seats and instead carries cargo. (Photo: Scoot)

The full Scoot passenger flight schedule for August and September 2020, which is subject to occasional updates, is available here.

  Scoot Aug – Sep Flight Schedules

Here’s how Scoot’s weekly passenger seat capacity has increased since the first skeleton schedule to two cities was adopted in early April 2020, based on the last week of September when all new routes have commenced.

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Summary

Taiwan and Japan trips, much-loved by us and many of our readers, are sadly no closer even though Scoot will restart some of these services in September.

Once weekly flights in each case will assist those travelling home and also provide additional options for passengers between Taiwan and Japan, routes on which Scoot holds ‘fifth freedom’ traffic rights.

Those wishing to travel between Singapore and Osaka will have to use the existing Singapore Airlines service, however, since for the time being transit passengers are not accepted through Kaohsiung Airport.

Use of the airline’s largest aircraft, Boeing 787-9s, is no doubt to maximise cargo capacity on these city pairs, while passenger numbers are likely to remain very low given the continued strict border restrictions imposed.

(Cover Photo: Denys Nevozhai)

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