The pandemic-related low demand on long-haul routes is forcing airlines to get creative. So in the past few months, we’ve seen the addition of a few new Fifth Freedom routes. This freedom gives airlines the right to carry passengers between third countries. A popular example was the Frankfurt – Madrid route with LATAM until it was discontinued in 2020.
Low-cost airline Scoot (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) is now flying the Singapore – Berlin route with a stopover in Athens. There, too, the inner-European segments can be booked individually. After inflated entry-level prices, Scoot is now offering quite cheap tickets: a return flight between Athens and Berlin costs €70 in Economy Class.
A 20 kg suitcase costs a whopping €94 extra. The offer is only worthwhile if you can manage with hand luggage (54 x 38 x 23 cm) + a personal item (40 x 30 x 10 cm). Both pieces of hand luggage together may weigh a maximum of 10 kg.
At Scoot, bookings made up to September 2021 can be rebooked once without a rebooking fee. However, the fare difference applies if the new ticket is more expensive than the old one. More on this here on the Scoot website. If you book with a third-party provider, they may charge additional fees.
Scoot uses Boeing 787 Dreamliners for this route. The distance between the seats is around 76 cm. Unfortunately, the prices in the Premium Economy (€400 for a roundtrip) are not exactly attractive.
Search & Book
The Athens – Berlin route is currently scheduled from August 2021 to March 2022. There are always three flights a week. The €70-flights are available until late October. You can easily find dates in our calendar above or with the help of Google Flights (instructions). We then recommend booking directly on Scoot’s website for €70.
The tickets are issued in booking class O. Merely Singapore KrisFlyer will give you 224 miles for one of these round trips.
Cover Picture: Watercannon salute for the inaugural Scoot flight in Berlin Tegel © Mario Grutza