MANILA, Philippines – Gokongwei-led budget carrier Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways Singapore Holdings Ltd have created the biggest network of flights from the Philippines to the Asia Pacific region through the implementation of an interline agreement.
The interline agreement is part of a wide-ranging strategic alliance entered into by the two carriers earlier this year and will enable both to leverage their respective strengths to enhance network coverage and joint market routes.
Both airlines are set to offer trademark low fares and fun flights to each other’s passengers, Cebu Pacific president Lance Gokongwei said Tuesday, July 22.
Tigerair’s network reinforces Cebu Pacific’s strong presence in Asia, and expands the network with new destinations in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives and Thailand, Gokongwei added.
The first interline flights will be available for sale on the Tigerair website from July 23 and available on the website of Cebu Pacific starting September.
Travelers could enjoy seamless connections between the two airlines, with one-stop ticketing for connecting flights and baggage check-in. The ability to cross-book flights on a single itinerary would pave the way for greater connectivity between the two carriers, allowing customers to connect seamlessly within Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Specifically, Tigerair’s customers will be able to fly from Southeast Asia to 34 Philippine cities, Korea and Japan on Cebu Pacific’s network. Cebu Pacific’s customers in the Philippines will be able to add Tigerair’s destinations in Australia (via Perth), China, and India to their flight itineraries. Customers on such extended itineraries will be able to connect through Singapore Changi Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines.
“The interline arrangement harnesses the strengths and networks of Tigerair and Cebu Pacific. We look forward to offering greater convenience to customers with the increased flight frequencies, enlarged network, and more seamless options for both business and leisure travel,” Tigerair chief operating officer Ho Yuen Sang said.
Cebu Pacific spent $7 million to acquire the 40% stake of Tiger Airways Singapore Pte Ltd in Tigerair Philippines, and $8 million for the 60% stake held by Filipino businessmen.