Scoot to launch direct Singapore-Laos flight

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The budget arm of Singapore Airlines, Scoot, is ready to launch Singapore-Laos flights in April with tickets starting at US$88, it announced yesterday. 

Scoot will fly from Singapore to Vientiane to Luang Prabang on a circular route. It will depart from Singapore for Luang Prabang, followed by Vientiane, before heading back to Singapore, according to The Straits Times, the leading newspaper of Singapore.

These routes were transferred from its sister airline SilkAir with Scoot’s A320 aircraft.

Luang Prabang and Vientiane are the first two of the several new destinations the low-cost carrier will be adding to its network this year.

With the addition of Laos, Scoot’s network will span 68 destinations across 19 countries and territories.

 Three weekly flights will connect to Laos from Singapore departing 9am on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving at Luang Prabang at 11.10 am and then on to Vientiane by 1pm.

The return flight departs Vientiane at 1.50pm, arriving back into Singapore at 6pm (all local times).

Scoot’s Laos sale includes one-way fares from US$$189 departing Perth, US$199 from the Gold Coast, and US$209 from Sydney and Melbourne. 

Fares do not include excess baggage or meals and all flights have a stopover in Singapore.

The limited period promotion tickets are available on Scoot’s website from now until January 22.

SilkAir launched a service to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in October 2016. It has since stopped the service after poor passenger figures between October 2017 and February last year, according to Channel News Asia.

Lao Airlines also stopped direct Laos-Singapore flights from March 25 due to operational reasons and, as of now, has no plans to resume the flights.

This is the second time that direct flights between the two countries were halted, after Lao Airlines relaunched a Singapore-Laos flight in October 2017.

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