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Aussies who have considered booking Singapore holiday packages for an upcoming trip may have more options in the near future for getting there. Scoot Airlines, one of the newest budget carriers based in Singapore, is offering discounted flights to and from Australia, often at prices lower than standard rates.
The market for low-budget airlines throughout Asia and the Pacific has recently been on the rise, as many travellers are looking to take holidays and business overseas for wallet-friendly rates. This is causing several companies to launch new airlines that have slashed fares and minimal perks on board, which appeals to a large demographic of passengers. Scoot has recently launched a new route from Sydney to Singapore, slated to be a fraction of the cost of regular flights between these two locales . The added itinerary is part of a larger overhaul where Scoot plans to have other flights to and from Asia and Down Under, including on the Gold Coast and other destinations.
More low-cost airlines provide additional Asia-Australia flights
Scoot is following suit behind the success of Jetstar - another budget airline that is a subsidiary of Qantas. This budget carrier has run flights between Singapore and Sydney for the past two years, selling more than a half a million seats. Scoot has already sold 100,000 tickets for future flights along this route and hopes to grow exponentially as the demand for Asia-Australia itineraries rises.
Scoot and Jetstar are not the only two carriers based in Asia to jump aboard the new trend of no-frills flights. China Southern provides options for passengers between Sydney, Melbourne and Guangzhou. This airline also offers patrons the chance to take routes all the way to London, for a lower rate than average. Aussies interested in heading to various destinations within Asia have low-budget options as well, as the new AirAsiaX carrier has launched this year and has flights to and from places like Kuala Lumpur.
Scoot offers iPads on flights
These low-cost airline are able to offer reduced prices due to their evolving innovative ideas to help cut costs. Passengers with Scoot have the perk of having access to iPads. While this may seem excessive for a no-frills airline, it actually saves the carrier millions of dollars in fuel every year by getting rid of bulky entertainment screens in the seats.
Access for the iPads may cost flyers an additional fee, however, as the airline figures out its profits and revenue. Either way, officials from the airline and expert analysts agree that changes like these will help keep ticket prices manageable and allow those who want added perks to have the option for entertainment opportunities on board.
"We view [offering iPads] as initially a defensive measure by Singapore Airlines," said Timothy Ross, managing director and head of Asia-Pacific transport research at Credit Suisse Group AG in Singapore, "The economics of long-haul low-cost are unproven, charging extra for services such as the iPads and catering may help boost earnings. Given that margins on those revenues are so much higher than they are on carrying passengers, anything you can do to increase that as a proportion generally augers well for the bottom line."
Aussies organising their Singapore holidays who want to save on their transportation to the city-state can consider booking through a budget airlines like Scoot. This allows travellers to save more on their transportation and leave room for better dining options, entertainment and attraction upon their arrival.
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