According to news reports, Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) Tiger Airways Singapore Pte Ltd, which operates as Tigerair, is seeking a commercial tie-up with budget carriers in India, as per The Straits Times report. According to the report, Tigerair is in talks with SpiceJet Ltd and IndiGo for the same. “With the tie-up, we will boost our network in India and at the same time carry more Indian travellers to our Asian destinations,” Ho Yuen Sang, Chief – Singapore, Tigerair said. Ho said there were no plans for equity stake in Indian carriers for now.
Tigerair has a tie-up with Singapore Airlines’ low-cost arm Scoot, and offers baggage transfers for passengers with connecting flights. The plan is to offer the same in India, said Ho. Eventually, Tigerair and its Indian partner may market tickets together, and plans their schedules so that passengers do not have to wait too long between flights. The agreement with an Indian airline could have greater scope than a code-share agreement.
Ho said that while talks are on with multiple carriers, they will narrow down to one. “It’s hard to say when the deal will be sealed but we want to keep just one partner otherwise it becomes complicated,” he said.