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SIA's budget unit launches flights between Singapore, Tianjin


08:08, August 23, 2012

SINGAPORE, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Scoot, the low-cost unit of Singapore Airlines, will launch flights between Singapore and China's northern coastal city of Tianjin on Thursday, the company said on Wednesday.

The inaugural flight will take off at 1:30 a.m. local time from the Terminal 2 at Singapore's Changi Airport and arrive at Tianjin airport six hours later. The flight will be operated three times a week at first and four times a week starting from Sept. 9, Scoot said.

Tianjin will be Scoot's first destination on the Chinese mainland. Campbell Wilson, chief executive officer of the budget carrier, said Tianjin is a "large and exciting city."

The company will launch flights to more destinations on the Chinese mainland, an important growth market for civil aviation, he said.

Scoot was established by Singapore Airlines last year as a wholly-owned subsidiary that targets mainly the medium and long- haul markets. Singapore Airlines has stakes in Tiger Airways, a low-cost carrier comprising two units in Singapore and Australia.

The low-cost carrier market in Asia Pacific has been growing fast. Currently about one in five passengers passing through Singapore's Changi Airport is traveling on a budget flight.

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