Singapore's Tiger wins S$4.7m in damages from Swissport

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Singapore-based Tiger Airways has been awarded S$4.7 million ($3.3 million) in damages, after it took legal action against ground handler Swissport for breach of contract.

Swissport, which was providing ground handling services for Tiger at Singapore's Changi Airport, had terminated the agreement from 1 April 2009, about two years earlier than the expiration date.

The ground handler said then it was withdrawing from the Singapore market because it was not financially viable.

Tiger commenced legal action against Swissport in March 2009. Singapore's High Court ruled in favour of Tiger in April 2009 and ordered Swissport to pay damages. The court dismissed subsequent action by Swissport for leave to appeal the court's decision.

"Following hearings to assess damages, the court has awarded the full claim of S$4.7 million to Tiger Airways. Once received, this amount, plus costs awarded, will be recognised in the airline's financial accounts," says Tiger.