WLCA Asia-Pacific: SpiceJet looks for new partnership opportunities

Indian low-fare airline SpiceJet is looking for further interline agreements with carriers in the region following the success of its first interline agreement with Tigerair.

The two low-fare operators signed a three-year interline agreement late last year, enabling passengers on Spicejet’s domestic services, from 14 Indian cities, to enjoy seamless connection through Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi international Airport onto Tigerair’s Singapore flights and vice versa. Both carriers are hosted on the Navitaire system.

The arrangement, which took effect in January, is working well. The partners are now planning to expand the arrangement to Chennai and Bangalore, according to Kamal Hingorani, Spicejet senior vice-president and head ground services. “The partnership is bringing us both revenue,” he confirmed.

This is stage one of the partnership, added Hingorani, with a further stage likely to include services beyond Singapore.

Hingorani confirmed that Spicejet is looking at further interline agreements with other carriers which would be a “win-win for both airlines”, reporting that discussions are under way and the airline hopes to finalise deals in the near-term.

Emma Kelly, Asia-Pacific correspondent, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net

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