Direct daily flights between Phnom Penh and Singapore started yesterday with the first Tiger Airways flight departing at 8:30am and landing in Singapore at 11:30am, kicking off a seven-days-a-week low-cost service.
The company is offering a special price of US$38 one-way from Phnom Penh to Singapore for travel this month.
One of the Royal Group companies, Cambodia Airlines, provides support to Tiger Airways locally, operating under a general sales agreement.
The new service from Phnom Penh to Singapore will operate Monday to Thursday and Sunday, departing at 8:30am and arriving in Singapore at 11:30am and on Saturdays leaving at 8:20am and arriving in Singapore at 11:20am. The Friday flight departs from Phnom Penh at 3:30pm and arrives in Singapore at 6:30pm.
The Singapore to Phnom Penh route departs Singapore at 6:30am on Mondays to Thursdays and Sunday, arriving in Phnom Penh at 7:30am and Saturday leaving at 6:20am to arrive in Phnom Penh at 7:20am. The Friday flight departs Singapore at 1:30pm and arrives in Phnom Penh at 2:30pm.
Established in 2004, Tiger Airways is a Singapore-based low cost carrier with a fleet of 30 Airbus A320 aircraft, with a buy-on-board meal program called Tiger Bites, with a menu that offers soups, sandwiches and instant noodles.
Royal Group chairman Kith Meng said he was happy with the new service.
“We’ve been discussing this with Tiger Airways for some time and we managed to conclude the agreement early this year, and that’s why we were able to start the service immediately,” Meng said.
“This is leveraging the cooperation and expertise which I think will enhance the capability of the venture,” he said. “This is a very good day for Cambodia Airlines in cooperation and partnership with Tiger Airways and we believe this is the 21st scheduled flight to the Kingdom of Cambodia.”
Meng said the first flight was due to fly yesterday morning and return full of passengers from Singapore.
“This is a low-cost carrier with an affordable price so that average Cambodians can travel and fly,” he said.
Tiger Airways has been listed on the Singapore Exchange since February 2010 and as of mid-June this year, the shareholders with more than 5 per cent are Singapore Airlines Limited with 32.84 per cent, which means there is ownership by the Singapore government, and Dahlia Investments Pte Ltd with 7.3 per cent, according to the Tiger Airways 2012 annual report.
The low-cost carrier has a free in-flight magazine called Tiger Tales and a diverse mix of nationalities as cabin crews include Australians, Chinese, Filipinos, Hong Kongers, Japanese, Koreans, Malaysians, Singaporeans, Taiwanese and Thais.
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