Friday, June 30, 2017

Tata's JV partner Singapore Airlines keen to expand network in India

Singapore Airlines wants to expand its network in India to tap growth in international passenger traffic.

Singapore Airlines along with its group airlines - Silk Air, Scoot and Tigerair- operate 175 flights each week to 15 cities in the country. On a standalone basis, the carrier accounts for around 2.7 per cent of India's overseas traffic and is a dominant player in India-South East Asia and India-Australia markets.

"We would like to add more destinations," said David Lim, the airline's general manager for India on Friday. Lim did not share further details. Aviation consultants say the airline had been evaluating opening new routes from Singapore to Pune, Chandigarh and other cities.

Capacity expansion will also require a revision in India-Singapore air service agreements. Air services between two countries are negotiated by governments that control frequencies and the number of destinations.
30/06/17 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard