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Scoot not keen on using Changi Airport’s ‘folly’

File picture shows Scoot’s CEO Campbell Wilson. — Reuters pic
File picture shows Scoot’s CEO Campbell Wilson. — Reuters pic

SINGAPORE, Aug 7 — Singapore Airlines Ltd’s budget carrier Scoot doesn’t want to use the city’s new airport terminal and regards the S$1.28 billion (RM3.28 billion) facility as a “folly,” the unit’s chief executive officer said.

Changi airport’s Terminal Four, which is being designed to handle 16 million passengers a year when it opens in 2017, doesn’t have good enough connections to the rest of the airport, Scoot Airways Pte CEO Campbell Wilson said at a conference in Sydney today. T4 is short of slots for wide-body aircraft such as Scoot’s Boeing Co 787s, he said.

Scoot, which has flown about three million passengers since it started services in June 2012, is owned by Changi’s largest user Singapore Air and code-shares flights with budget carrier Tiger Airways Ltd, in which the city-state’s flag carrier has 40 per cent stake. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd in April became the first airline to announce a move to the new terminal.

“This terminal is a big folly, frankly,” Wilson said at the event. “It really detracts from the whole purpose of building a hub airport in the first place and I think it would be a very severe retrograde step for Changi.”

A shift to Terminal Four “is not an attractive proposition for us, and so therefore it is not something that we are looking to do,” he later said on the sidelines of the event. “On balance we would likely stay in the main terminals.”

Ivan Tan, a spokesman for Changi, couldn’t immediately comment.

Seventeen narrow-body aircraft and four wide-body aircraft will be able to connect directly to the airport terminal via air bridges, according to a statement from Changi last November. The airport will link T4 with other terminals through shuttles. — Bloomberg

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