Scoot is the only airline flying the Singapore – Hat Yai route with 1 to 2 flights a day. On a Saturday, Scoot TR632 departs from Singapore in the early morning at 6.15am, which was perfect to maximise my day in Hat Yai, as compared with the afternoon flight. As such, it was easy to choose my flight timing for this weekend trip. This will also be my first time flying Scoot out of Terminal 1, excluding past gate overflows from Terminal 2.
Check-in for Scoot flights is at Row 6.
With the move to Terminal 1, Scoot now takes up 3 check-in rows from Rows 5 to 7.
There is a big area for FAST Check-in kiosks in front of Row 7.
Heading to the FAST Check-in kiosk to print my boarding pass.
Due to the Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak, there is a declaration to fill up before starting the check-in process.
My flight details on the screen.
Printing out my boarding pass from the FAST Check-in kiosk.
No further verification for the boarding pass is needed.
My boarding pass for my Scoot TR632 flight from Singapore (Changi Airport Terminal 1) to Hat Yai.
Heading into the departure transit lounge after clearing immigration.
To spend my long overnight waiting time, I headed to the Plaza Premium Lounge to wait it out.
Once done with the rest at Plaza Premium Lounge Changi Airport Terminal 1, I headed over to the D gates for my flight.
My Scoot TR632 flight would be departing from Gate D38. Gates are only updated about 4 hours before departure.
Crossing the central part of the departure transit lounge.
Heading down the D pier. Temperature screening is conducted at the side of the travellators.
Continuing on to the end of the pier.
Gate D38 is in the shared gate hold room for 3 gates.
For now, my Scoot TR632 flight to Hat Yai is sharing the gate hold room with Scoot TR978 to Hong Kong.
Queuing up for security screening.
The gate hold room looks like a rainforest.
The waiting area for Gate D38. I like the emptiness already.
9V-TRW “Bayanihan” will be flying me to Hat Yai.
As this is a combined gate hold room, boarding passes are only scanned just before boarding.
I decided to board last only when the gate was closing.
Heading down the aerobridge.
Oh I like the queue to board the aircraft on the aerobridge.
The interior of the rather empty aircraft.
I picked an aisle seat on board this empty aircraft.
The legroom on board Scoot’s Airbus A320-200.
The view of the aircraft form my seat.
As the doors were shut shortly after, I moved to a window seat for shots out of the window.
Pushing back from the gate.
Taxiing towards Runway 02C, passing by Terminal 2 and the control tower.
Passing by Terminal 4 with Scoot and SilkAir planes parked there.
Taking off from Runway 02C.
Changi Exhibition Centre and Aviation Park Road taxiway is lit up for Singapore Airshow 2020 static display arrivals.
Looking back, it feels like I have my own private jet to Hat Yai.
Maybe not now, Scoot.
Thailand immigration cards were handed out shortly after the seat belt signs were switched off.
The clean toilet on board the plane.
On top of liquid soap, hand sanitizers are now also available in Scoot’s toilets.
Lots of tissues stocked up too.
The rising sun above Kelantan and Narathiwat seen from this early morning flight.
Flying over Ban Phru.
Touched down in Hat Yai at 6.18am – 27 minutes early.
The Hat Yai International Airport terminal building on the right.
Taxiing in to the terminal.
Parked at Gate 6.
As the load was quite light, disembarkation was rather quick.
Heading up the aerobridge.
The welcome sight of the terminal.
Heading down the path to international arrivals.
Taking the escalator down to immigration.
As it was quite a light load, immigration was also rather quick.
The single baggage reclaim belt of the international arrival hall. The exit through customs is just on the left of this picture.
Out in the public area of Hat Yai International Airport.
Heading to the exit.
There are taxi counters calling out for my business, but I walked out anyway since I wasn’t going to get the taxi this time.
Once out, I headed to get the Hat Yai Airport Minibus into Hat Yai city.
Overall, another pleasant fuss-free flight with Scoot, made even more comfortable with the empty row I had for myself and the overall light load of the plane, especially with the Wuhan novel coronavirus fear.