South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) has announced the launch of its first domestic jet services, connecting Manila with Cebu and Davao. The Philippine low-cost carrier will operate up to 10 daily flights between Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Cebu from 1 July 2011, followed by up to six daily flights between NAIA and Davao from 2 July.
These flights – the first SEAIR domestic services to use jet aircraft – will be operated as part of the airline’s partnership agreement with Singapore-based LCC, Tiger Airways. The flights will be marketed through tigerairways.com, with travellers in the Philippines able to book online in Philippine pesos. The Airbus A320 operated on the domestic routes have been leased to SEAIR by Tiger Airways.
Tony Davis, President & Group CEO of Tiger Airways Holdings said; “These developments go hand-in-hand to demonstrate the commitment of Tiger Airways and SEAIR to the Philippines market. This new base at NAIA as well as the introduction of low fare, high frequency domestic jet flights marks a key milestone for SEAIR and its airline partnership programme with Tiger Airways. It will attract both international travellers seeking to explore this beautiful country, and provide a boost to domestic air travel and tourism. Tiger and SEAIR are already known for their low fares, and together with the addition of fares now set in Pesos, both international services from Clark, and the new SEAIR domestic routes, we will deliver the absolute best value for customers in the Philippines.”
Avelino Zapanta, SEAIR’s President & CEO, added; “SEAIR’s great value fares, and this expanded network will offer travellers even more value-for-money destinations to choose from, together with worry-free bookings in Pesos. The introduction of domestic, high frequency jet routes will also drive the creation of new jobs, both directly as well as by boosting domestic tourism across the Philippines.”
SEAIR and Tiger already cooperate on international routes between Manila and Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau, but this latest move marks Tiger’s first foray into the domestic Philippines market, where it aims to battle with the country’s existing largest low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia, which intends to launch domestic services from Clark later this year. Tiger has signed a deal to acquire a 32.5% stake in SEAIR.