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Flyscoot sees some green shoots but still navigates through crisis

Campbell Wilson, CEO of Singapore Airlines’ low-cost arm Scoot, is a Kiwi, and like everyone living in Singapore, he hasn’t left the tiny island city-state since the pandemic began in March 2020.

“If I apply for a visit to my relatives in New Zealand now, I get a slot in one of the allocated quarantine hotels in Auckland in February 2022,” Wilson told Airlineratings.com in an exclusive interview in Singapore in September.

Before Covid, the booming airline served 86 destinations from Berlin to Sydney; in 2019 it carried 11 million passengers, in 2020 it was barely two million. In the first seven months of 2021, the number of customers shrunk even further to just 104,000 passengers.

In September Scoot served just 26 destinations. Of its 54 aircraft, just five are currently parked for longer terms, the others operated on a rotation.

Scoot’s fleet of twenty Boeing 787s (ten each of 787-8s and 787-9s) comes in handy for these strange times, offering a big cargo hold capacity, especially when the cabin is almost empty of passengers.

“Ahead of Valentine’s Day, we flew lots of flowers from China,” shares Wilson. Since August, Scoot is back in Europe, even opting to fly intra-EU Fifth Freedom routes between Berlin and Athens both ways, bolted onto the long-haul stretch to/from Singapore.

Read the complete article at www.airlineratings.com

 


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