Airline panels from Japan and the Philippines will hold discussions next week and Tiger Airways Philippines will be joining with the intention to seek permission for ‘unlimited seats’ to Japan. The airline is expecting three Airbus aircrafts next year and hopes to launch more flights to other Asian destinations.
As Tiger Air is yet to launch flights to Japan, it will first request for 4,000-5,000 seat entitlement from the Civil Aeronautics Board, aiming for Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo as potential routes. With the booming tourism industry in Asia, especially in the southeast region, it’s not surprising that the low-cost carrier wants more seats. “If possible, we want to be granted unlimited seats to Japan,” said Olive Ramos, President of Tiger Airways Philippines.
Currently, Tiger Airways Philippines has five fleets – two A319s and three A320s. Once the three new aircrafts are delivered next year, increasing its destinations will be more feasible. “The new aircraft will be purchased on a lease agreement and will be funded through internally generated funds. We are preparing for our new destinations,” Ramos said. Besides Japan, Tiger Air also plans to include flights to South Korea. “We want to mount daily flights to Japan and Incheon and Busan in Korea out of Manila and Cebu.”
Domestic flights of Tiger Airways Philippines include Bacolod, Cebu, Clark in Pampanga, Iloilo, Kalibo in Aklan, Manila, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, and Tacloban. All but Tacloban hold international flights. However, only Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, and Manila accommodate international flights for Tiger Airways.
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