A Scoot aircraft taxis in Tianjin. (Photo/Xinhua)
Scoot, the long-haul budget subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, canceled some 20 flights from Singapore to the Chinese cities of Shenyang and Qingdao, citing regulatory problems, the company said on Monday.
The airline said it has had to delay its first flights between Singapore and the two Chinese destinations as "it takes us longer than we had expected to get the approval from the regulatory authorities."
All the flights to both destinations on the route between Nov. 27 this year and Jan. 8 next year were canceled, it said in the statement issued from its Weibo account, China's popular Twitter-like service.
Passengers started to complain of sudden changes to their flights on the website on Sunday.
The airline said that all its flights to other cities in China and those after Jan. 8 were not affected.
It is standard practice for airlines to launch destinations and sell tickets even before getting the full regulatory approval, the airline said, adding that it has offered full refund for passengers who have booked the tickets and sent emails to them.