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Scoot to axe four cities over weak demand, aircraft shortage

Scoot will suspend services to four cities in its network, citing weak demand and aircraft shortages.

The low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines says the four cities affected are Lucknow, Kalibo, Quanzhou and Male, all operated by the airline’s Airbus A320.

The airline explains the aircraft shortage arose after SilkAir halted plans to transfer its 14 Boeing 737-800s to Scoot during the 2019-2020 financial year, as a result of the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows that SilkAir has six 737 Max 8s in storage.

Scoot was due to take delivery of the first SilkAir 737-800 in May. This was in line with previously announced plans for Scoot to take over 17 routes flown by SilkAir.

Scoot flies from Singapore to Lucknow, Kalibo and Quanzhou on a thrice-weekly basis, while the Singapore-Male route is served four-times a week.

The last flight to Lucknow and Kalibo will depart on 29 and 30 June respectively. Flights to Quanzhou will end on 24 August, while that to Male will end on 25 October.

The carrier stressed that it "will continue to undertake the routes" that SilkAir plans to transfer to Scoot, and that those plans will remain unaffected by the service suspensions.

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