The expansion of Tiger Airways' frequencies to India is helping to boost the utilisation of its Airbus A320 fleet and bring down costs, says its chief executive Koay Peng Yen.
Speaking to shareholders at a recent extraordinary general meeting, Koay says the airline is working on ways to bring down its costs, including finding ways to boost the utilisation of its assets.
"Our aircraft are already flying an average of 11.8h per day, and we hope to make [them] work harder," he says, adding that
Tiger's services from Singapore to the Indian subcontinent in particular are "very useful for us to use our assets harder".
Tiger operates its services on a "back of the clock" schedule, departing late in the evening from Singapore, before returning early in the following morning. Koay says that the South Asian market is well suited to such a schedule, which would otherwise not work for its routes around Southeast Asia.
In February, it announced that it will add two weekly frequencies to bring the Bengaluru service to daily from May, while Kochi flights will rise from four to five times weekly in July.
Tiger also flies to Chennai, Trivandrum, Tiruchirappalli and Bengaluru, as well as Colombo and Dhaka in the Indian subcontinent.
Flightglobal Pro data shows that Tiger operates a fleet of 20 A320s and has orders for a further 25 aircraft.