Tigerair Philippines Seeks Rights to Fly Manila-Macau

Following a new air service agreement that was established last June between the Philippines and Macau, Tigerair Philippines is pursuing its next expansion in Asia's hottest gambling destination.

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The new agreement saw the number of seat entitlements between Manila and Macau rise by 1,000 from 3,500 to 4,500. Unlimited seats would also be offered between Macau and other Philippine gateways excluding Manila.

Tigerair Philippines, a unit of Singapore's Tiger Airways Holdings, has applied to the Civil Aeronautics Board to reallocate 900-seat entitlements to Macau. The budget airline that was formerly called Southeast Asian Airlines is seeking to fly five times weekly between Manila and Macau.

If approved, this would represent the airline's first international flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Currently, the airline uses Clark Airport as its international hub serving destinations including Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Tigerair Philippines CEO Olive Ramos is hoping to increase the airline's market share in the Philippine budget airline segment from 3% to 5% in 2013. The airline just launched a new route between Kalibo and Singapore. The airline is the only carrier operating the route. 

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