Singapore Airlines to merge Scoot and Tigerair

DELHI: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has decided to prune the list of airline under it from four – a long haul full service (SIA); a long haul budget (Scoot): medium haul full service (SilkAir) and medium haul budget (Tigerair) – to three, in a bid to end confusion among flyers’ minds.

SIA, which is one of the largest airline groups in the world, will now have only one budget carrier as it has decided the merge the brands of Scoot and Tiger and the merged entity will be called Scoot, reports The Times of India.

Giving the India route details of these airlines, Scoot’s country head Bharath Mahadevan told TOI:

“Scoot (which operates Boeing 787 Dreamliner) flies between Singapore and Chennai, Jaipur and Amritsar. Tiger (which has a fleet of Airbus A-320) operates between Singapore and Trichy, Kochi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Lucknow.

The twin low cost brands often caused confusion among flyers. By the end of 2017, SIA will have only one budget airline Scoot. We will begin the process of regulatory clearances from agencies concerned, including the Indian DGCA.”

Scoot and Tiger together currently operate 50 flights a week between India and Singapore. SIA Group is the biggest foreign airline in India as the parent SIA, Scoot, Silk and Tiger fly to 15 cities in the country in addition to SIA-Tata JV Vistara which as of now flies only domestic routes but will soon start overseas flights.


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