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Low-cost carrier Scoot makes foray into China

By Weng Zhihao (Beijing Daily)

08:52, March 31, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Singapore Airlines' new low-cost carrier Scoot will make its first foray into China, with its Chinese name announced as "Ku Hang" and Tianjin chosen as its third Chinese destination. Once approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Scoot will start flying non-stop between Tianjin and Singapore four times a week in the second half of the year.

Prices of flights from Beijing to Singapore vary significantly from airline to airline.

During the May Day holidays, prices of single-trip tickets between the two cities may range from 900 yuan to over 6,600 yuan. Traditional airlines only offer a rather limited number of discounted air tickets, while passengers are generally able to buy cheap tickets from low-cost carriers if they book early enough.

Scoot said that prices of its Tianjin-Singapore flights will be 30 percent to 40 percent lower than traditional airlines' flights on the same route, but did not reveal the specific prices. It may be more cost-effective for Beijing passengers to fly to Singapore via Tianjin.

In addition, as one of the world's biggest air hubs, Singapore will offer passengers from Beijing or Tianjin connections to many international cities.

Since AirAsia first entered the Chinese market in 2005, overseas low-cost carriers have opened international flights to many Chinese cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Chengdu, and Haikou. Australian low-cost airline Jetstar Airways has launched non-stop flights between Beijing and Singapore.

Read the Chinese version at http://bjrb.bjd.com.cn/html/2012-03/29/content_65854.htm

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