Scoot to suspend most of its network due to ongoing COVID-19 crisis

The budget arm of Singapore Airlines, Scoot, has announced that it will be temporarily suspending most of its network – of up to flights to 49 destinations – in view of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The crisis has resulted in significantly reduced travel demand and increasingly restrictive border control measures being imposed by many countries, the airline said in a press statement.

Photo courtesy: Scoot
Photo courtesy: Scoot

Some of the routes have already been suspended on Friday, March 20.

"All customers affected by the flight cancellations will be notified progressively, and will receive a Scoot travel voucher on the unused portion of their itinerary within 30 business days," the airline said.

Those with bookings for uncancelled Scoot flights made on or before March 15, for travel dates until 31 May 2020, may change their travel plans by requesting a refund in vouchers via the “Manage My Booking” portal on Scoot’s website.

Scoot's parent company Singapore Airlines (SIA) also announced that it will be cutting 96 per cent of the capacity that had been originally scheduled up to end-April. Around 138 SIA and SilkAir aircraft will be grounded out of the airline's total fleet of 147, amid "the greatest challenge that the SIA Group has faced in its existence".