Tigerair spreads its wings in Asia

Tigerair spreads its wings in Asia
Flight attendants holding up China Airlines (left) and Tigerair aircraft models at the Tigerair Taiwan launch conference in Taoyuan in northern Taiwan.

Budget carrier Tigerair on Monday announced three new agreements with other airlines in a move to expand its network in key Asian markets such as India.

The low-cost carrier will partner China Airlines to establish a new Taiwan-based budget carrier named Tigerair Taiwan.

It has also signed a three-year deal with Indian budget carrier SpiceJet, which will allow passengers to travel between 14 Indian cities and Singapore via Hyderabad from next month.

They include Bhopal, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa, Mangalore and Tirupati.

The interline arrangement will allow passengers connecting to flights on either of the airlines to transfer without having to check in their luggage again.

Tigerair also plans to better align its flights with budget carrier Scoot to offer local travellers more flexibility and flight options.

Said Tigerair Group chief executive Koay Peng Yen: "These alliances will enable us to tap on the strengths of our strategic partners and extend our presence into existing and new markets without taxing our balance sheet."

The partnerships will mean greater travel options for Tigerair customers, he said.

Tigerair will own a 10 per cent stake in Tigerair Taiwan, which will have a paid-up capital of about NT$2 billion (S$84.7 million).

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