Tiger and Scoot sign interline agreement

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Tiger Airways and Scoot, Singapore Airlines' long-haul and low-cost subsidiary, have entered into an interline agreement to market joint itineraries for select destinations to Australian travellers.

"The initial phase of this partnership will see each carrier marketing joint itineraries between Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur, destinations served by Tiger, and Sydney and Gold Coast, served by Scoot," says the SIA subsidiary.

"Customers may purchase a single itinerary for travel from Australia, via Singapore, to Tiger's destinations," it adds.

Scoot chief executive Campbell Wilson says the two carriers have complimentary networks, with Scoot serving medium-haul destinations of five or more hours from Singapore and Tiger serving short-haul destinations.

Upon arrival in Singapore, Scoot passengers flying on a joint itinerary will need to pass through immigration and collect their baggage. Subsequently, they need to check in for their Tiger flight.

"In the later phase, customers will be able to purchase flight itineraries originating from Southeast Asia," says Scoot. "The airlines will also enhance this service with a direct connection process. Customers will be able to proceed with their onward journey without passing through immigration and without having to retrieve their checked baggage."

The arrangement was facilitated by the closure of Changi's budget terminal on 25 September, which made Tiger shift to Terminal 2, where Scoot operates from.

Singapore will build a new and larger budget terminal on the site of the previous one.

SIA owns a 33% stake in Tiger, which operates 19 Airbus A320 aircraft. Scoot operates three Boeing 777-200 aircraft that were formerly operated by SIA.