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April 11, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Australian travel industry take note: Berlin is the place to be in Europe and Scoot will soon be the best – and by far the cheapest – way to get there. 

The industry launch of Scoot’s new service to Berlin took place yesterday. The message was delivered in Sydney’s Redoak Boutique Beer Café at a trade launch held jointly by the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) and Scoot, the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. Scoot operates a new, totally B787-Dreamliner fleet and is about to fly to Berlin, launching in June.

Scoot already flies to Athens. On 20 June 2018 it will start flying to its second European gateway, Berlin, and will be able to whisk clients straight from Sydney to Berlin, return, from AUD 718.

That price is not a misprint – and neither is it a one-way fare. It’s a round-trip fare. The new deal will virtually cut in half existing fares on the route.

Director of the GNTO Australia, Stefanie Eberhard, said Berlin was renowned as a city of open-mindedness and of tolerance, which was one reason so many artists worked there. She said Berlin was the third-most popular city in Europe, measured in terms of the number of tourist overnights. The only two cities ahead of Berlin on that measure are London and Paris – and Berlin overnights are growing fast and likely soon to overtake Paris.

Director of the GNTO Australia, Stefanie Eberhard, with Busabout senior marketing manager Sally Luff, who won a flight for two to Berlin on Scoot

Berlin is a 24/7 city that never sleeps, Eberhard told the audience. If you want breakfast in the middle of the night, no problem in Berlin! It is also a German culinary hotspot, offering 200 vegetarian restaurants and 26 Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as a vast number of other eateries.

“Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.” That was the opinion of David Bowie, who in the late 1970s lived in the city for two years and recorded his biggest hits there.

Berlin will next year celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Eberhard reminded guests.

A quick quiz at yesterday’s function saw Busabout senior marketing manager, Sally Luff, win a flight for two to Berlin on Scoot.

Scoot’s general manager Australia and New Zealand, Jared Simcox said Scoot’s one-way fare from Perth to Berlin, AUD 329, worked out at 0.024 cents a kilometre – cheaper than hiring a rental car (not that a rental car, even a Tesla self-driving model, can get you from Australia to Berlin).

Scoot general manager Australia and New Zealand, Jared Simcox, with director of the German National Tourist Office in Australia, Stefanie Eberhard

Scoot serves Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast in Australia. Other one-way Scoot fares to Berlin lead in at: from Gold Coast AUD 349, from Sydney AUD 359 and from Melbourne AUD 369. Each is each-way, including taxes. Bags and food are extra.

Simcox, wearing German lederhosen for the occasion, hailed Berlin as the Gateway to Europe, centrally placed and giving immediate access to other European points in one hop. Simcox also disclosed that Scoot loads twice as much beer out of Australia as from any other port it serves.

From left: Scoot general manager Australia and New Zealand, Jared Simcox; Berlin tourism representative and former GNTO director Australia, Traute Tuckfeld; director of the GNTO Australia, Stefanie Eberhard; and Scoot section manager, communications and guest relations, Sin Huijie Dawn

 

MEANWHILE, in a parallel initiative, Scoot released a dollar-dazzling array of sale fares to destinations including Amritsar, the Golden Triangle of India, Osaka, and the beaches of The Maldives, Langkawi, Cebu, Phuket or Krabi, and the great cities of Singapore, Bangkok and Athens or Berlin.

Clients can take off between 15 April and 15 June, or 20 July and 15 September 2018 for as little as AUD 115 FLY fare including tax (but bags and food extra), one way from Perth to Singapore, $135 from Gold Coast and AUD 155 from Sydney and Melbourne.

A wide leather reclining seat in ScootBiz costs from AUD 289 one way from Perth to Singapore, AUD 359 from Gold Coast, AUD 379 from Sydney and AUD 399 from Melbourne.  These are all-in fares including taxes, a meal and a drink, 30kg checked baggage, 15kg carry on, ScooTV inflight streaming entertainment, and priority check-in and boarding, in a dedicated cabin up front.

And to save on all-in FLYBAGEAT fares (including 20kg checked baggage and a meal), enter promo code MUSTGO for an extra AUD 25 off each fare.

The fares are on sale today from 0400 (Perth) Weds 11th April 2018 and 0600 (AEST) until 2359 (Perth) Sun 15th April and 0159 (AEST) on 16th April 2018. Some blackout periods may apply.

To sweeten the deal, Scoot has also partnered with global roaming provider Flexiroam to provide Scoot guests booking flights through its website or the Scoot mobile app with a complimentary Flexiroam X microchip with 100MB of data. This partnership lasts for a year from 1 March 2018.

Written by Peter Needham

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