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Karamjit Kaur

Budget carriers being hit by turbulence

It's been 10 years since the first budget flight took off in Singapore. Very low fares are a boon to travellers, but threaten the carriers' survival.

Published on May 22, 2014 6:00 AM
 
-- ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

MADAM Agatha Wu, 78, went on six holiday trips last year, five of them on budget carriers.

The former senior nurse said: "Budget carriers have made travel highly affordable for retirees like me. The strong Singapore dollar is also a great help.

"I can now go on three trips for less than the price of one trip 15 to 20 years ago," she added.

Singapore's first low-cost carrier Valuair took flight in May 2004. This was followed by Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia several months later.

 
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