Scoot, Tigerair join world's biggest budget carrier alliance

Eight Asian budget carriers, including Tigerair, have joined hands to launch the world's biggest low cost carrier alliance.
Eight Asian budget carriers, including Tigerair, have joined hands to launch the world's biggest low cost carrier alliance. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Eight Asian budget carriers, including Scoot and Tigerair, have joined hands to launch the world's biggest low-cost carrier alliance.

The other partners of Value Alliance are Tigerair Australia, Cebu Pacific (including subsidiary Cebgo) in the Philippines, South Korea's Jeju Air and Japan's Vanilla Air; and Thailand's Nok Air and NokScoot.

With the tie-up, customers will be able to view, select and book seats on flights from any of the airlines in a single transaction, directly from each partner website.

This means more destinations and route options, the group's members said at the launch of the new partnership on Monday (May 16).

They can also access seat and meal selection options, baggage allowances and other inflight features from across all partner airline sectors in a single itinerary.

Together, the eight airlines operate 176 aircraft to more than 160 destinations across the region.

Last year, they carried a total of 47 million travellers from 17 hubs.

Mr Campbell Wilson, chief executive of Scoot, said: "By working together we can offer our guests a wider choice of destinations and flights at the most competitive airfares all in one go."

President and chief executive of Cebu Pacific Lance Gokongwei said: "All of our airline partners are champions in their local markets and well regarded for their value and service regionally and nationally.

"The Value Alliance is a clear example of how low-cost carriers can accomplish more by working together than we could do individually."