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Budget carrier plans Japan flights

Posted on December 26, 2013

TIGER AIRWAYS Philippines (TigerAir) plans to start flights to Japan by the second quarter of next year, a top company official said, after the low-cost carrier received flight frequency allocations from the commercial aviation regulator.

“Our target is to fly to Japan in the middle of next year or before the end of the second quarter,” TigerAir President and Chief Executive Officer Olive C. Ramos said in a text message.

Ms. Ramos said the Civil Aeronautics Board has allowed the carrier to fly seven times a week on each of seven routes: Clark-Narita, Cebu-Narita, Clark-Osaka, Cebu-Osaka, Manila-Osaka, Kalibo-Narita and Kalibo-Osaka.

“We have been working so hard for the Japan route,” she said.

“Our priority would be... Clark-Narita and then Kalibo-Narita.”

TigerAir now has two Airbus A319s, each with 144 seats, and three 180-seater Airbus A320s.

TigerAir currently flies to Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, and Tacloban from its hub in Metro Manila.

Overseas, it flies to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore from Clark and maintains a Kalibo-Singapore-Clark service.

The low-cost carrier had earlier cited plans to acquire three more Airbus A320s next year to support the expansion of its East Asian routes.

Among others, TigerAir plans to start its Manila-Macau flights in the first quarter of next year.

Earlier this month, the low-cost carrier announced the dissolution of its Manila-Phuket route, citing lower-than-projected passenger volumes.

Singaporean carrier Tiger Airways Holdings Pte. Ltd., through its subsidiary Roar Aviation II Pte. Ltd., last August bought a 40% interest in Southeast Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) from two foreign stakeholders for $2.5 million. SEAir subsequently rebranded to Tiger Airways Philippines. -- LCSM