Singapore's budget airline Scoot is currently increasing its presence in India's domestic aviation sector. The long-haul budget arm of Singapore Airlines has launched its operations in Jaipur as its third destination.
Scoot started its India operations in May this year when it launched flight to Amritsar and Chennai with a Boeing 787 plane. The airline will fly to Jaipur three times a week, which would increase to four from this month end, Press Trust of India reported.
"We are excited to welcome an international airline like Scoot as it opens new avenues for the public in Jaipur to fly to popular destinations. This will go a long way in boosting trade and tourism for the city making it more prominent on the world map," Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan was quoted as saying by the agency.
Other subsidiaries' SilkAir and Tigerair also fly to India.
"We are a very young airline, just four years old, but have always been interested in the Indian market. Last year, when aircraft deliveries started coming in, we have been eyeing Indian market. We started the ground work early last year to commence operations here," Bharath Mahadevan, country head of Scoot airlines had said in a statement in May.
The airline hopes to double its operations in terms of cities by 2017.
In May 2014, parent company Singapore Airlines (Asia's biggest carrier by market value) spent $319 million in buying stock in Scoot Pte, Bloomberg reported.