Tiger Airways extends Singapore/Manila service – 05/05/05

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Budget airline Tiger Airways is going to expand its Singapore/Philippines service

SINGAPORE. Budget carrier Tiger Airways has announced that it will increase its services to the Philippines to five flights a week from three, starting 6 June, owing to strong demand.

Tiger Airways Chief Executive Tony Davis said the carrier’s flights to the Philippines are already fully booked until June. Tiger Airways began flights to Clark Field, 80 kilometres north of Manila, on 5 April. Clark Field is a former US air base converted into a commercial airport.

Tickets for a one-way trip during July and August are selling for as little as S$14.98 (US$9.16), excluding taxes and other charges, according to the Tiger Airways website. A one-way ticket to Manila on Philippine Airlines costs S$310 (US$190). On Singapore Airlines, it costs S$480 (US$295).

More than 90,000 Filipinos reside in Singapore, according to the Philippine embassy. Singapore is also used as a travel hub by Filipinos working in other countries in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Tiger Airways is 49% owned by Singapore Airlines.

A rival budget carrier, Jetstar Asia, which is backed by Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways, also flies from Singapore to Manila.


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