Tiger Airways, a low-cost carrier, has approached the governments of Singapore and India to open up more air traffic rights between Chennai and the island country – a route that is choking with air passenger traffic.
Currently, the slots are exhausted between the two designations.
If an airline wants to increase its frequency to Chennai from Singapore, it cannot do at this juncture.
With over 80 per cent occupancy, the Singapore-based Tiger Airways increased its flight frequencyto 11 times a week from the initial four times.“Chennai has been an enduring destination of choice for our customers,” he said.
There are about 10 weekly flights from Chennai to Singapore.
The carriers include Air India, Tiger Airways, Jet Airways, Air India Express, SilkAir (S) Pte, Singapore Airlines and IndiGo.
Since starting its first flight from Singapore to Chennai in October 2007, Tiger Airways today operates its flights to five other southern cities.
The airline has carried over 1.4 million travellers between India and Singapore.
When asked to comment about the recent media reports of a possible tie up with Indigo or SpiceJet, Avili said, “We are in touch with all the major airlines. We will have a tie up with those who have a similar line of our operations,” he said.
In earlier tie-ups with Mandala Airlines of Indonesia and SEAir of the Philippines, Tiger Airways picked up substantial stakes in both these airlines to extend the reach in these geographies.
Incidentally, Indigo has commenced a direct flight service between India and Singapore from March 1. According to a press release, over 28 million passengers have booked flights on Tiger Airways to date.
It carried 4.1 million passengers for the 12 months ending November 2012