Tiger Airways to form Partnership With Indian Carrier
Thursday, 14th March 2013 at 05:00am
After AirAsia and an Indian partner got the nod recently from the Indian government to form a local subsidiary, another partnership between a local airline and a foreign carrier is looming ahead on the horizon.
The possibility of having another airline serving the subcontinent is about to take shape after Tiger Airways of Singapore is reportedly seeking to establish its foothold in the country by forming a joint venture with a local Indian airline. The aim, according to a top airline official, is to offer domestic services all over India.
Tiger Airways, which is headquartered in Singapore, is a strong rival to AirAsia's dominance in the no-frills travel sector. It currently flies to six Indian cities from its hub in Singapore.
Kaneswaran Avili, Commercial Director for Tiger Airways, Singapore, disclosed that they are yet in the planning stage of their expansion into India's local market. They are keen on a partnership with a local Indian airline or maybe an inter-airline agreement to penetrate the local market.
Tiger Airways has been flying between Singapore and India since 2007. The airline is majority owned by state-owned Singapore Airlines.
The airline has been bullish on the Indian travel market as it recently increased its frequency on the Singapore-Chennai route to 11 weekly flights from four times per week.
The low-cost airline is also considering to launch two more routes between the island state and Indian cities of Kolkata and Coimbatore by 2014. Aside from Chennai, Tiger Airways currently flies to five other Indian cities, namely Bangalore, Kochi, Hyderabad, Tiruchirapalli and Tiruvananthapuram.
As the budget carrier is seeing encouraging business on its flights to India, with occupancy rate of 80% on average, it is now looking for a local partner in India to handle its cargo operations in the country.
Mr. Kaneswaran was recently in the country to help promote the airline's promotional introductory campaign which was to offer cheap tickets from any of its flights originating in India to Singapore at Rs 2,700 per passenger.
The promotional fare was available for those who travel between 1st July and 13th November 2013. The promo started on the second week of March and lasted for one week or until March 13.
By: Pete Lee.