Singapore LCC Scoot will suspend services to Lucknow (India), Kalibo (Philippines), Quanzhou (China) and Male (Maldives) because of “weak demand” and shortage of aircraft resources.

“The aircraft shortage is arising as SilkAir, due to the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, will no longer transfer its Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to Scoot in the financial year 2019/2020, as originally announced in November 2018,” Scoot said in a statement.

Six of SilkAir’s 737 MAX 8s remain grounded after the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced the ban March 12.

Scoot has planned to receive 14 737-800s from SilkAir as the regional arm of Singapore Airlines transitioned to a full 737 MAX 8 fleet, and was scheduled to undergo cabin upgrades prior to the final merger with the parent airline.

Scoot will suspend Lucknow and Kalibo June 29 and 30, respectively, and Quanzhou and Male on Aug. 24 and Oct. 25, respectively. Scoot will also continue to undertake the 17 destinations that SilkAir had previously committed to transfer over all part of the airline group’s transformation plan.

Chen Chuanren, chuanren@purplelightvisuals.com