Low-cost regional carriers expand routes in Southeast Asia as travel slowly resumes


International flights in the Southeast Asia region continue to resume, with low-cost carriers expanding their routes as countries reopen. According to a report by TTR Weekly, Singapore Airlines subsidiary Scoot is resuming the Singapore – Ho Chi Minh route, with 4 return flights per week. A twice-weekly service linking Singapore and Hanoi is scheduled from February 22.

Last week, Vietnam dropped the requirement to have written permission from the government to enter for citizens and foreigners holding permanent or temporary residence cards, visas and visa waivers. However, those who do not belong to any of these categories, including tourists, cannot enter and travel freely and are limited to government-approved visits, in addition to meeting other requirements such as PCR tests and quarantine.

From February 23, Scoot is also launching 2 weekly flights between Singapore and Miri, in the state of Sarawak, in Malaysian Borneo. Miri will be the second city in Sarawak served by the carrier, in addition to its flights to Kuching, the state capital. The news follows Scoot’s announcement last week that flights between Singapore and Australia’s Gold Coast would resume.

Meanwhile, Thai carrier, Bangkok Airways, will resume twice-daily flights between Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, starting tomorrow. The route will be served by Airbus A319s and A320s, according to the TTR Weekly report. The outbound flight PG935 will take off from Suvarnabhumi at 5:20 p.m. and arrive in Phnom Penh at 6:35 p.m. The arrival flight, PG936, leaves the Cambodian capital at 7:25 p.m. and lands in Suvarnabhumi at 8:40 p.m.

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