Seair splits off regional, cargo operations

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Philippine carrier Seair has split off its regional and cargo operations into a separate carrier, as the Tiger Airways affiliate focuses on growing its low-cost operations.

The new carrier, Seair International, received its air operator's certificate on 19 November, and operated its first commercial flight on 7 December, says president Avelino Zapanta.

Seair International will operate a Boeing 737-200 freighter, a Let L410 aircraft and three Dornier 328 turboprops. These aircraft will be used on domestic passenger and cargo services from Manila.

With the split, Tiger is likely to take greater management control of Seair, in which it has a 40% stake. It also expects the Philippine affiliate to continue operating at a loss in this fiscal year, which will end on 31 March.

Tiger did not return requests for comment by Flightglobal.

In the short term, Seair International intends to resume passenger and cargo services that were previously suspended. Its plans in the longer term include using Airbus A330 aircraft on medium to long-haul routes such as those to the Middle East, adds Zapanta.