Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) low-cost offshoot Scoot and Tiger Airways, which is part-owned by SIA, have signed a partnership which will see them offering a number of joint itineraries with connections via their mutual hub in Singapore
The partnership will initially see the airlines offering joint itineraries via Singapore between Tiger Airlines destinations of Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur and Scoot’s destinations of Sydney and the Gold Coast.
“Both carriers operate highly complementary networks, with Scoot focusing on medium-long haul routes of five or more hours, and Tiger focusing on shorter-haul journeys,” said chief executive of Scoot, Campbell Wilson.
In a trial phase, open for booking from October 2, the joint itineraries will be available for booking for flights from Australia to Southeast Asia only.
Passengers will have a single ticket, but will have to pass through immigration and collect their bags before checking in for their second flight.
In a second phase, starting November 2, the airlines plan to introduce joint itineraries originating from different cities in Southeast Asia and flying to Australia via Singapore.
The airlines will then also introduce a direct connection service, so passengers do not need pass through immigration and collect checked luggage.
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