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Scoot to launch low-cost flights to Bangkok from London Gatwick


Gatwick Airport’s list of airline customers is to be joined by Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines (SIA), which is to launch low-cost non-stop flight between the gateway and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The UK airport believes that the news of the new service is perfectly timed with searches for holidays to Thailand increasing by 112% since the lifting of travel restrictions for UK travellers, enabling travel without quarantine at either end.

The new service will commence from December 2021, rising to three-time weekly scheduled seasonal services from March 2022, with a further review and potential increase in frequency based on demand and regulatory approval.

All services will be operated by Scoot’s widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners offering both Economy and ScootPlus cabins, sporting features such as inflight Wi-Fi and the ability to upgrade to Scoot Plus or to Scoot-in-Silence – Scoot’s offering of a quiet-zone.

Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, said: “We are delighted to welcome Scoot to Gatwick Airport. It’s a really positive sign that, as we continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic across the world, we are able to welcome a new airline and long-haul route to Gatwick.

“This exciting new venture from Scoot will enable people across London and the South East to connect more easily with the beautiful destination of Thailand and, beyond that, Singapore and the rest of Asia, providing more opportunities for holidays, business and to visit family and friends.”

While Scoot’s CEO, Campbell Wilson, noted: “With Gatwick being a 30-minute rail journey to central London, and Bangkok the main city and travel hub of Thailand, there is no better opportunity to reignite your wanderlust with Scoot’s new service.”

Scoot was the first low-cost carrier in the world to be awarded both the highest health safety ratings by Skytrax and APEX/SimpliFlying for its measures to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew, and was the first low-cost carrier in the world to operate flights with fully-vaccinated crew.

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