Tiger considers cooperation with Scoot

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Tiger Airways could work with Scoot, Singapore Airlines' long-haul low-cost subsidiary, but only if it "makes sense" for the short-haul carrier.

Scoot aims to start operations in the middle of this year and has indicated that it could work with airlines that fly into Singapore's Changi Airport in order to secure traffic for its operations.

Observers said Tiger, in which Singapore Airlines as a 33% stake, would be a natural partner for Scoot.

While this could happen, it has to be something that works with Tiger's point-to-point model, said its CEO Chin Yau Seng in a conference call. An interline agreement could be a possible way forward, Chin added.

"Scoot has been talking to various potential partners, including us. If anything is done, it has to make sense for us," he said.

However, a logistical hurdle would be fact that Tiger operates out of Changi's budget terminal, while Scoot will fly from the airport's Terminal 2, said Chin.

"In the main, the ball is in the airport's court," he added.