Budget airline Scoot eyes more Philippines flights


Posted at Sep 14 2017 11:11 AM

MANILA - Singaporean budget airline Scoot said Thursday said it was looking to add 10 more flights to and from the Philippines over the next 5 years.

Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, currently flies 23 times weekly from the country and is hoping to grow by 10 to 20 percent annually, CEO Lee Lik Hsin said.

Although the company considers the Philippine market an important part of its Asian network, Lee said infrastructure remains a constraint.

"We would love to be able to increase our flights to Manila, but Manila is a very slot-constrained airport so we can’t fly additional flights even if we wanted to," he told ANC's Market Edge.

"For example, in certain airports in other countries, you may not face the same kind of slot constraints. We do want to grow, but we have to find the right opportunities and infrastructure to do so," he said.

While Scoot is considering international airports in Clark, Davao, and Cebu, the capital is still a priority, he said.

Lee said Scoot would not raise ticket prices soon and rising fuel prices are not a cause for concern.