|(From left) SpiceJet chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor, S.G.K. Kishore, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, and Tigerair chief commercial officer Alexander Knigge in Hyderabad on Monday. (PTI)
New Delhi, Dec. 16: SpiceJet and Singapore budget airline Tigerair today entered into an alliance that will enable passengers of the Indian low-cost carrier from smaller cities to fly seamlessly to Singapore and beyond through Hyderabad from next month.
Similarly, Tigerair passengers from Singapore to India will enjoy a hassle-free experience when they avail themselves of connecting flights from Hyderabad to the smaller cities.
The three-year “interlining” agreement for greater connectivity is the first such partnership between an Indian low-cost airline and a foreign carrier.
The facility is available for 14 Indian cities, the bulk of them being non-metros, where there are no direct flights to Singapore. The smaller cities include Indore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Mangalore, Madurai, Pune and Visakhapatnam.
It is expected to spice up competition in the low-cost segment, especially as Tigerair’s fierce rival AirAsia is expected to start its Indian operations close on the heels of this interlining arrangement.
While SpiceJet passengers can fly to Singapore via Hyderabad from January 6, the reverse facility for Tigerair passengers will take effect from January 12.
“We are glad to announce the interline partnership that brings two leading low-fare Asian carriers together. This partnership will hugely benefit travellers from India and Singapore, and represents one of the building blocks of the emerging new SpiceJet,” the airline’s chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor said.
According to experts, no-frills carriers such as SpiceJet are making all efforts to raise the stakes for AirAsia, which with its radical fare deals and marketing ideas, has shaken up the low-cost segment.
AirAsia in April had offered free tickets for a limited period. Passengers needed to pay only airport charges and taxes.
SpiceJet, which suffered a record loss of Rs 559 crore in the quarter ended September, is looking forward to a 6 per cent revenue growth in the first year of the alliance.
The company’s scrip rose 7.64 per cent to Rs 16.90 on the Bombay Stock Exchange today.