Tigerair, one of Singapore’s low-cost carriers, will be merged to its sister Scoot sometime in the second half of 2017. In a statement, Budget Aviation Holdings Pte Ltd, which owns and manages both of Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group’s budget airlines, announced its intention to pursue a single brand and operating license.
In the same statement, they stated:
The integration is expected to be realized between mid and end 2017, given the full spectrum of commercial, operational and regulatory considerations. This will encompass flight scheduling and connections, as well as touchpoint integration for guests including a common website, contact center, and check-in counters.
Aside from commercial and operational synergies, the airline believes that a common brand and operating license will enable a more seamless travel experience to customers. Currently, Scoot and Tigerair offer flights to both of their networks on their websites. Flight connections between the two airlines are enabled through transfer services (Scoot-Thru and Tigerconnect) at Singapore Changi Airport.
In the Philippines, Tigerair currently flies from Singapore to Manila, Clark, Kalibo, and Cebu, outnumbering other Singapore carriers by number of Philippine destinations. On the other hand, Scoot does not fly to the Philippines, so it will be the first time for it to introduce services next year.
Photo from Scoot’s website.