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Old July 12th, 2006, 04:16 PM   #1301
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Ryanair reduces flights to Sweden

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Published: 2006/07/11 16:51:22 GMT

Irish budget airline Ryanair is planning to cut back on flights to Sweden amid plans for a new flight tax.

The firm will end its twice-a-day service from Stockholm-Vasteras to Luton from 28 October.

In addition, the firm will be reducing services from Sweden to Prestwick as well as to London, among other routes.

The tax will add 94 Swedish Kronor (£7.10) for European flights, which Ryanair says adds more than 20% to the price of its fares.

Meanwhile an extra 188 Kronor will be added to the fares for flights beyond Europe.

Flights from Malmo-Sturup to Stansted will be limited to one flight a day from the existing two and the Gothenburg City to Prestwick service in Scotland will be cut to three flights a week from five.

The controversial tax has not only triggered Ryanair's decision to reduce flights to Sweden but has also prompted an enquiry by the European Commission.

Sweden has decided that some remote parts of the country will not have to pay the tax - but the EU has questioned whether such a differentiated tax regime breaches competition rules.

An EU spokesperson said that it is the uneven application of the tax - rather than the imposition of the tax in general - which is being queried.

The tax is set to come into effect from 1 August.

Earlier in June Ryanair saw a better-than-expected 12% rise in annual profits to £208m.
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July 14, 2006
Name change means tie-up perks for Jetstar fliers
Jetstar Asia to take same name as sister airline but Tiger against link-up plan

By Aviation Correspondent, Karamjit Kaur

JETSTAR Asia in Singapore will soon be known simply as Jetstar, taking the same name as its Australian sister airline.

Consumers will benefit from the synergies that follow from this consolidation, Jetstar Asia's chief executive officer Chong Phit Lian told The Straits Times.

She said: 'For example, a single website address will allow passengers to book flights operated by either of the two airlines quickly and without hassle.'

Where available, passengers will also be able to make multi- destination bookings like Bangkok-Singapore-Bangalore.

The options will open up even more when Jetstar in Australia launches its international services this November to Honolulu, Osaka, Bali and Phuket, among other destinations.

The flights will originate from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

With this consolidation, telephone bookings will be coordinated as well: Someone who contacts the call centre here can book a Jetstar in Australia ticket - an option not available now.

The new website, which is now being tested, will be launched on July 26, the same day Jetstar Asia officially becomes just Jetstar.

The renaming exercise is part of a bigger plan by Qantas, which owns 44.5 per cent of Jetstar Asia and all of Jetstar in Australia, to create a pan-Asian network of routes and offer more convenient combined itineraries for passengers.

The tie-up will also reduce operating costs for its airlines, which have been hit by sky-high fuel prices and protectionist skies that curb their expansion.

Eventually, the plan is for Qantas and the airlines in its stable to fix fares and coordinate flight schedules as a single entity.

Orangestar Holdings which owns Jetstar, has filed applications with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Competition Commission of Singapore for exemption from rules aimed at weeding out practices that kill or stifle competition in the market. Final decisions are still pending.

Singapore's budget airline Tiger Airways, which competes with Qantas on the Singapore-Darwin route and with Jetstar Asia to Bangkok and Phuket, has protested against the plan.

Its chief executive officer Tony Davis has argued that as an independent airline, Tiger will be hard-pressed to compete effectively against Qantas' combined team.

But Ms Chong has said that the single website and the plans to offer multi-destination packages do not run afoul of existing regulations.

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Old July 15th, 2006, 09:05 AM   #1303
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July 15, 2006
Flying cheap
Budget Terminal offers fuss-free way to travel

By Kannan Chandran

AS YOU approach the carpark of the Budget Terminal, you get a sense of what to expect.

You have to wind down your window and slot your CashCard into the reader before the barrier lifts. No automatic beep of the ERP in-vehicle unit greets you to start clocking your time at the low-frills Budget Terminal.

If it is raining, you had best have an umbrella ready, or make a dash across the road into the departure or arrival terminals, located in two single-storey buildings. Not easy if you are lugging luggage.

The Budget Terminal sits on 25,000 sq m of land, roughly the size of three football pitches, and opened for business on March 26 this year. The structures put on a lively front: purple lettering against the pastel yellow departure building, and the lime green wall of the arrival building.

Compared with Changi Airport, the Budget Terminal is spartan. But for that, you pay less airport tax. Banners declare that the tax is $7, less than half of what Changi Airport charges ($15), and the lowest in the region.

Once inside the departure hall, the vast open space sends the young children scampering about noisily, giving little chance for the piped-in music to be heard. The walls are cement screed, the flooring is off-white homogeneous tiles and the lighting fluorescent.

Against the length of the hall are 18 check-in counters, lined up below a row of air-conditioning vents. All serve Tiger Airways flights, the only airline using the terminal now.

Some passengers walk up to a large board beside the departure gate, expecting to find their flight information. Instead, they discover it is actually Han's menu. They then head for one of the three monitors listing departure details.

Han's is the only food outlet, besides vending machines for snacks and drinks, in the public area of the terminal.

After clearing immigration and security screening, in the enclosed area, there are four food and beverage and 11 retail outlets. Then it is off to one of 10 boarding gates, facing a runway which is shared with Changi Airport.

When it is time, the jostle begins. Passengers charge up to the attendants dangling their boarding passes, then dash towards the plane to grab the best seats.

A 20m scramble across the tarmac - then up a flight of metal stairs to the cabin - gets you onboard your Airbus A320 plane. If you cannot negotiate the stairs by yourself, you will be turned away. There is no wheelchair access.

Arriving passengers make the same trip across the tarmac, before a trek to the arrival hall. En route, signs welcome visitors in various languages.

In the the arrival hall, passengers wend their way to one of the 14 immigration counters, beyond which are three baggage claim belts, shops selling alcohol and toiletries, and customs clearance. Outside, in the waiting area, apart from the hospitality desk, there is a money changer, ATM, vending machines, and some hard chairs.

The few amenities, coupled with cold, hard-tiled floors and lack of nooks and corners, mean the terminal will not be a haunt for students. The better facilities of Changi Airport make it more conducive for studying.

But for passengers keen to get to their eventual destination, it is a breezy, fuss-free start or end to their journey.

How to score the best budget deals

LOG ON OFTEN

Bookmark the budget sites www.tigerairways.com and www.jetstarasia.com.

Jetstar Asia's senior vice-president (marketing) Debbie Woon says that new seats and fares are uploaded on its site over the weekend. 'Logging on some time after Sunday midnight or Monday morning results in the occasional success for a clever customer,' she hints.

'When a customer logs onto our website, our system automatically loads the cheapest fare available for him to select. As seats sell, the cheaper categories will be filled first, followed by the next price band, and so on.'

AVOID PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

During long weekends and other busy periods such as Chinese New Year and public holidays, fares increase between 30 and 50 per cent. This is because budget airlines operate on the 'tiered pricing model', based on demand and supply.

For instance, a Tiger Airways flight to Padang, Indonesia, features a first-tier fare of $19.98. Once this allotment of tickets is snapped up, the price of the tickets moves to the next, more expensive tier, and so on.

PLAN WAY AHEAD

Flights are offered online up to six months in advance. But the closer to the departure date, the more expensive it becomes.

If you are travelling to Bangkok on July 21, for instance, the cheapest return fare to Bangkok on Tiger Airways is about $194 (excluding taxes).

If you booked when the fares were first released, up to six months before take-off, you will have nabbed a return fare of $114.

FIRST MOVER ADVANTAGE

Traditional lull periods are August and September, where special fares are put on to spur impulse travel. Also look out for other year-round promotions.

Special fares may also apply to destinations that an airline is trying to promote. For example, Jetstar Asia offered one-way flights to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap at $8 in May and June.

TRAVEL LIGHT


For passengers laden with golf bags, crates of fruit, or furniture, bear in mind you will have to pay extra. Tiger Airways charges $20 per piece for golf bags, surf boards, prams and other bulky items. Baggage allowance is one bag per passenger, capped at 15kg. Anything heavier is charged at $7.50 per kg.

Jetstar Asia's baggage allowance is 20kg. Excess luggage varies from country to country, ranging from $5 per kg for Bangkok, Phuket and Phnom Penh, to $12 per kg for Yangon.

TOP UP THE TAXES

If you are travelling on Tiger Airways, you pay less in passenger charges. As the airline operates out of the no-frills Budget Terminal, each traveller pays a passenger service charge (PSC) of $7 and passenger security service charge (PSSC) of $6 each.

At Changi Terminals 1 and 2, the PSC is $15 and the PSSC $6.

However, overall taxes vary according to the airport you are headed to. For example, Singapore's Changi Airport charges fuel, insurance and airport tax and Hong Kong levies charges for fuel, insurance, airport and network, security and departure tax.

Also, depending on what your airline charges for security and fuel taxes, the total will vary. Budget airlines do not necessarily charge less in taxes.

For example, Jetstar Asia, which flies out of Changi Terminal 1, charges a total of $106 in taxes for its Hong Kong flights. Cathay Pacific, which operates out of the same terminal, charges $92.

But for most destinations, the budget airlines tax you less. For example, a Singapore Airlines flight to Bangkok sets you back $103 in taxes, compared to $92.25 on Tiger Airways.

A Qantas ticket to Darwin would have a tax component of $325, compared to Tiger Airways' $298. Jetstar Asia passengers on its flight to Bangalore pay $175 in taxes, compared to $236 on Singapore Airlines.

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Old July 19th, 2006, 05:31 PM   #1304
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Business Times - 19 Jul 2006

Cebu Pacific to fly into S'pore budget terminal

SINGAPORE - Manila's Cebu Pacific Air will resume flights to Singapore in August and become the second carrier to use the city-state's new Budget Terminal, aviation authorities said on Wednesday. It will offer a daily service between Singapore and Manila.

'Cebu Pacific's decision to operate from the simple and functional budget terminal will suit the airline's business model better as it will benefit from cost savings resulting from the terminal's low cost operating environment,' said director-general of civil aviation from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Wong Woon Liong.



Cebu Pacific will be up against two low-cost carriers serving the Singapore-Manila route - Singapore-based Jetstar and Tiger Airways, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. The carrier, the country's second largest after Philippine Airlines with a domestic market share of more than 40 per cent, also said it will offer promotional fares to Singapore to mark its re-entry starting Aug 31.

The airline, which now has 17 domestic routes and flies to international destinations such as Hong Kong and Seoul, said in a statement it would resume the service after steady growth in traffic between Singapore and Manila since 2003. Nearly 320,000 Filipinos visited Singapore last year, a 30 per cent rise from 2004, it said.

The Philippine carrier, controlled by the family of tycoon John Gokongwei, suspended the loss-making route to Singapore in 2003 barely three months after its launch as demand for travel was slashed due to the Sars outbreak. -- REUTERS, AFP

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Business Times - 20 Jul 2006

Tiger Airways seeks to spread wings wider in Asia

SINGAPORE - Singapore's two-year-old budget carrier Tiger Airways said on Thursday it is looking at potential partnerships with other airlines in a bid to spread its wings even wider in Asia.

'Tiger Airways will stop being a Singaporean low-cost airline and start being an Asian low-cost airline,' Tony Davis, the carrier's president and chief executive officer, told reporters. 'We're in a very competitive market and we're determined to win.'

In the booming budget airline sector, Tiger faces competition from Singapore-based Jetstar Asia and Valuair, as well as Malaysian-based AirAsia and others.

'Singapore is our headquarters. It is our home ... but as we grow, we're going to be seeing more Tiger airplanes around the region, not just based here in Singapore, but in other countries in Asean,' he said in reference to the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Mr Davis sees Tiger evolving into a 'Pan-Asian, multi-national company' as a result of its expansion plans. The low fare carrier will set up a second base in Asia before the year is up and is in talks with potential partners, including some airlines, for a joint venture in Asia, he said. He did not provide details but said: 'We're pursuing a number and we'll be happy for two this year.' He added that negotiations are well advanced.

By year's end the airline is also expecting to add five routes, including Brunei and Phnom Penh, to the 15 Asian destinations currently served. It also plans to double its fleet to 12 aircraft by next year and is in talks with European aircraft maker Airbus for eight more planes by 2009. The carrier aims to fly more than two million passengers by the end of the year, Mr Davis said.

Tiger Airways says it registered an 81 per cent year-on-year growth in passengers for the month of June, three months after it became the first tenant to move into Changi Airport's Budget Terminal. The carrier has the backing of Singapore Airlines, which owns 49 per cent. State-linked Singapore investment company Temasek Holdings is also a key shareholder with 11 per cent. -- AFP

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Ryanair have launched London Luton to Marrakech and Fez in Morocco starting on 31st October. I checked the website and found return fares to Marrakech for £37.65 including all taxes and fees. Amazing!
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Ryanair 1Q profit surges despite higher fuel costs
By SHAWN POGATCHNIK
1 August 2006

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Ryanair Holdings PLC announced Tuesday that its first-quarter profit surged by 66 percent thanks to higher average fares and its expanding route network, but warned of tougher times ahead because of high fuel costs.

Europe's biggest budget airline said it earned 115.7 million euros ($147.3 million) for the quarter ending June 30 compared with 69.6 million euros in the same quarter of 2005.

Sales rose 40 percent to 566.6 million euros ($721.3 million) from 404.6 million euros a year earlier.

The figures were significantly better than analysts' forecasts. But Ryanair's unexpectedly downbeat prediction of a difficult winter rattled investors, who sent its shares down 1.9 percent to 7.64 euros ($9.73) on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Chief Executive Michael O'Leary attributed the strong growth in part to Ryanair's provision this year of "many more `sun' destinations, the impact of competitors' fuel surcharges, which continue to drive traffic towards Ryanair ... and the earlier launch of our new bases and routes, much of which took place in the fourth quarter last year."

Ryanair carried 25 percent more passengers, and the average cost of a ticket rose 13 percent to 46 euros ($58.50). About 84 percent of seats were filled, a one-point gain from the first quarter of 2005. The higher numbers partly reflected that the busy Easter holiday fell in the first quarter this year. Easter fell in the fourth quarter of 2004, depressing the first-quarter 2005 figure.

O'Leary warned that exceptionally high fuel costs would increasingly bite into Ryanair profits this year, particularly in the lower-traffic fourth quarter from January to March 2007.

"Our outlook for the remainder of this fiscal year remains cautious," O'Leary said. "As we emphasized at the time of our full-year results in June, we expected a bumper set of first-quarter results, and a strong second quarter, but we believe that the forthcoming winter will be characterized by much more difficult trading conditions."

Ryanair said its first-quarter fuel costs rose 52 percent to 167.5 million euros ($213.2 million), a period when it purchased advance contracts for aviation fuel at the equivalent of $70 a barrel. The airline forecast it would fall into red ink in the fourth quarter if fuel rose above $74 a barrel, the price secured for its fuel supplies through November.

Oil was trading near $75 a barrel Tuesday.

"We have the fourth quarter unhedged," said Howard Millar, Ryanair's deputy chief executive. "When your biggest single cost is rising by 50 percent, it does create problems for your business."

The Dublin-based company -- founded in 1985 with a single route linking London to the southeast Irish city of Waterford -- has 3,700 employees and operates 351 routes to 23 countries across Europe.
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EasyJet in talks with Saudi's NAS on branding
By Michael Smith

LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - British low-cost airline easyJet said on Friday it had been approached by fledgling Saudi Arabian airline National Air Services (NAS) to use its branding in the Middle East.

EasyJet, known for its bright orange planes, said it was evaluating the opportunity to franchise its brand but did not expect a final decision until early 2007.

NAS, which wants to set up Saudi Arabia's first private commercial airline, made the approach alongside Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital.

NAS has applied for a licence to operate domestic flights in Saudi Arabia and hopes to operate low-cost flights to other areas in the Arabian Gulf.

EasyJet said it would not invest any equity or cash if it took up the opportunity and a decision would depend on NAS' application for a license and whether it would add significant shareholder value.

"Since it is expected that this will take the remainder of 2006, a decision in relation to this opportunity is unlikely before early 2007," it said.

Entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who founded easyJet in 1995, has extended the orange-coloured "easy" brand to a range of other no-frills businesses including car rental, finance, leisure, music, men's grooming products and a cruise ship.

NAS is a privately owned corporate jet operator which first announced plans in 2003 to start a domestic airline to compete with flagship carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines.

EasyJet shares were 0.1 percent firmer at 439-3/4 pence at 0932 GMT.
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EasyJet rubbishes green tax idea
7 August 2006
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The budget airline easyJet today dismissed as "lunacy" calls for higher aviation taxes as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The budget airline easyJet today dismissed as "lunacy" calls for higher aviation taxes as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Europe's second-largest budget carrier said a call by MPs on the environmental audit committee for higher air passenger duty was an example of "lazy thinking" and "just gives the chancellor Gordon Brown more money".

The MPs proposed taxing each flight, rather than the present arrangement of charging for each passenger, in order to encourage airlines to be more efficient in filling their services. The MPs suggested the tax could also be extended to cover air freight.

EasyJet insisted, however, that low-cost airlines were the solution, as they were equipped with the quietest and cleanest aircraft and avoided "inefficient hubbing" by flying directly to their destinations.

"The low-cost model is more efficient than the traditional model," said Toby Nicol, head of corporate communications at easyJet. "It's fine to have higher taxes for dirty cars, but we are one of the world's cleanest airlines. We're the Toyota Prius of our industry."

Mr Nicol said higher air taxes would take air travel back to 10 years ago when only the affluent could afford to travel.

"What government is going to tell people, is: 'Sorry you can't go to Spain, you've got to go to Margate,'" he said.

He also pointed out that easyJet favoured airline participation in the EU's emissions trading scheme, the EU's flagship project for limiting emissions that began last year.

Jeff Gazzard, a spokesman for the Green Skies Alliance spokesman, hit back at easyJet's response.

"It would be fairer if ticket prices reflected the environmental costs of flying - we estimate these at around 3.6p per kilometre," he said.

"What is lunacy is to keep pretending the earth is flat - easyJet'spassengers pay tax on the petrol in their cars as they drive to the airport, they ... pay VAT on their hotel bills booked through easyJet's website. There is therefore no reason why aviation fuel should continue to be untaxed and no VAT levied on air tickets."

With emissions from air traffic doubling since 1990 and projected to quintuple by 2050 as more people take advantage of cheap fares, the committee said it was time for the government to dampen demand by raising air passenger duty.

But public acceptance of higher aviation taxes may be higher than the airlines think. More than 70% of people would back higher aviation taxes if the money raised were spent on improving the environment, according to a Mori poll out today.

The survey found that nearly three quarters of those polled would support an increase of £20 on a flight to Paris and around £200 on a flight to Australia if the extra money went towards the environment.

A total of 68% of people said environmental protection should be given priority even at the risk of slowing down economic growth in the air travel industry. Only 29% opposed a policy of slowing down the growth in air travel.

Tim Johnson, director of the Aviation Environment Federation, which commissioned the survey, said: "The poll shows that politicians need not be afraid of raising taxes on aviation. As for the argument that higher air taxes hurt the poor, all taxation is regressive. But is Tony Blair going to cut taxes on beer and fags. No he's not."

. EasyJet reported a 11.3% rise in July passenger traffic and said its load factor - a measure of how well it is filling seats - for the month was 90.4%.

In its third-quarter trading update, easyJet repeated a forecast made last month for pre-tax profit growth for the full year of 40-50%.

In the quarter, easyJet started flying 19 new routes, adding more destinations outside the EU, including Croatia, Turkey, and Morocco.
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to June 2006:
EasyJet = 32,122,137
Ryanair = 36,884,608

Percentage increase in passengers since June 2005:
EasyJet = 13.5%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in June 2006:
EasyJet = 87.6%
Ryanair = 87%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to July 2006:
EasyJet = 32,442,551
Ryanair = 37,626,423

Percentage increase in passengers since July 2005:
EasyJet = 12.9%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in July 2006:
EasyJet = 84.6%
Ryanair = 90%
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Press release from the tiger airways website.....

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Tiger Airways launches Chinese website

More convenience for customers from fast growing South China market

SINGAPORE, 7 August 2006. Tiger Airways, Singapore's only low fare airline, has launched its Chinese language website in response to overwhelming demand from China customers for more information on its China - Singapore flights and other routes.

With the launch, Chinese language users will be able to obtain details of Tiger Airways flights and promotions in Chinese on Tiger Airways website www.tigerairways.com/cn. Booking is done online with payment through China international credit cards. Tiger Airways is also reviewing other ways to make it more convenient for travelers from Southern China to travel with the airline and will be announcing more details soon.

"Tiger Airways has enjoyed phenomenal growth from the Chinese market since launching our Singapore-China routes in April this year and it is timely to launch this website. To celebrate the launch of the website we intend to announce several exciting promotional offers in the coming weeks. For example, we are offering fares starting from as low as RMB 208 (SGD39.98) for one way flights from China to Singapore until end October. So make sure you visit the website www.tigerairways.com/cn regularly to obtain the latest updates," said Tiger Airways Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer, Rosalynn Tay.

Tay advised Chinese customers to book early and to do it on line if they want to get the best deals. Tiger Airways fares are structured on a tiered basis and prices go up according to demand and supply. So fares are lower if customers book early as more seats are available but move up when more seats get booked. Customers should also travel on weekdays and non-peak periods if they can to enjoy a better deal.

Tay also encouraged Chinese travelers to look at flying to other Tiger Airways destinations beyond the China-Singapore route to enjoy the best travel deals. Tiger Airways currently offers fantastic low fares from Singapore to its other destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and Thailand. Details of flight schedules and fares as well as bookings for travel can be made at www.tigerairways.com/cn.

Tiger Airways is Singapore's largest and most popular low fare airline, serving seven countries across Asia-Pacific (Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Australia and Indonesia). This was confirmed in May 2006 when Tiger Airways was the only Low Cost Carrier to win an award from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) as a top 10 airlines at Changi Airport by passenger carriage in 2005.

In April 2006 Tiger Airways increased its fleet to six new Airbus A320 aircraft to serve new flight services between Singapore and Guangzhou, Haikou and Shenzhen. Tiger Airways is expected to take delivery of three brand new Airbus A320 aircraft at the end of this year and will have the largest fleet among Singapore-based low cost carriers. Another three A320 is expected to join the fleet in 2007.

Tiger Airways has carried the most number of passengers amongst budget airlines in Singapore and is expecting to carry its 1.5 Millionth passenger soon. The airline is well on target to hit its second millionth passenger by this year end or possibly sooner.

About Tiger Airways

Tiger Airways is Singapore's only low fare airline. Established in December 2003, Tiger Airways took to the air on September 15, 2004. It is the choice of savvy travelers who want safe and reliable point-to-point air travel at highly affordable fares. Tiger Airways now flies to five cities in Thailand, two cities in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi), four cities in China (Macau SAR, Guangzhou, Haikou and Shenzhen), Indonesia (Padang), the Philippines (Clark-Manila), Australia (Darwin) and Singapore.

For more information about Tiger Airways, visit www.tigerairways.com
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RYANAIR ANNOUNCES A SECOND ROUTE FROM PULA TO DUBLIN !

09.08.2006

Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline today announced the opening of its second new route from Pula, Croatia to Dublin.


The three weekly service ( Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) will commence on the 8th of February 2007 and will be operated with one of Ryanair's brand new Boeing's 737-800 series aircraft taking on board up 189 passengers.


This beautiful news has been delivered by David Gering, Ryanair's Sales & Marketing Manager at today's Press Conference at Pula Airport. Mr. Gering said he was delighted to announce this second Ryanair's route from Pula to Dublin only few weeks after the route to London-Stansted had been announced.


Furthermore Mr. Gering invited all Croatians to book as of today on www.ryanair.com to enjoy a one way flight from only € 0,01 excluding taxes and charges.

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Jetstar Int'l seeks to fly on Australia-Singapore sector

It also wants to be allowed to make a two-stage route to London, via S'pore

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Qantas' discount carrier Jetstar International has applied to operate flights between Australia and Singapore in a move that, if successful, might drive fares down for the sector.

If it succeeds in its application with the International Air Services Commission, it would also mean that Jetstar International would interline with its two Singapore-based units - Jetstar Asia and Valuair - to offer seamless regional connectivity to a dozen other destinations, from Bangalore to Taipei.

Passengers could then fly from selected Australian cities to Singapore and onwards to other destinations such as Phuket for a fraction of the present cost of a ticket on a full service carrier like Singapore Airlines or Qantas itself.

According to Australian media reports, Jetstar International has also asked to be allowed to structure a two-stage route to London, via Singapore. Such a route can only be serviced when the Qantas group takes delivery of its Boeing 787 planes in about two years.

Jetstar has also asked for permission to code-share with parent, Qantas, on its long-haul flights freely for 'maximum flexibility'. The budget carrier is planning to start services to Singapore as early as this year's northern winter season.

All this comes about just over a month after Qantas was permitted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to put the units under a single Jetstar umbrella to create a pan-Asian entity. Jetstar Asia and Valuair are 49 per cent controlled by Qantas.

Meanwhile, Qantas has also asked for a variation on its British route, to take into account the recent breakthrough in negotiations between the Australian and British governments that removed restrictions on capacity and frequency.

It wants the existing agreement revoked and replaced by a single 10-year permit, with no limits on capacity and cargo services, including for 'wholly owned subsidiaries'.

The application to start Australia-Singapore services comes just after Jetstar International obtained the US Department of Transportation's approval to fly five weekly services to Honolulu before Christmas this year. Jetstar International was given the nod despite strong opposition from United Airlines, which argued the application route should be used to negotiate an open-skies agreement with Australia.

'The government should make use of the opportunity to achieve an 'equitable balance' and end all anti-competitive restrictions for all carriers on all routes,' United said in a statement.

'The US should offer Australia and its carriers the opportunity to operate services without any restriction on capacity or routings, by entering into an open-skies agreement,' the airline said

United's plea to the US Department of Transport should be music to the ears of Singapore Airlines and Emirates, which have argued forcefully for Australia to open up its Sydney-United States West Coast trans-Pacific routes to more players.

But in the face of strong lobby from Qantas, the Australian Cabinet has been reluctant to open up the 13-hour trans-Pacific hop to new players. The route is currently a duopoly controlled by United Airlines and Qantas, with Qantas dominating in terms of capacity and traffic.

Analysts estimate that Qantas gets about 15 per cent to 20 per cent of its profit from the trans-Pacific route.

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Business Times - 23 Aug 2006

Tiger revises SIAEC maintenance contract

By VEN SREENIVASAN

(SINGAPORE) Low cost carrier Tiger Airways has revised its line maintenance contract with mainboard-listed SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) to improve cost efficiency for its growing aircraft fleet.

Under the revised line maintenance contract, SIAEC will provide Tiger a standard package of line maintenance services at a fixed price for three years. Under the previous $110 million contract signed in 2004, SIAEC provided a menu of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on a case-by-case basis, subject to reviews every six months.

The contract also includes fleet and inventory technical management.

Tiger, which is 49 per cent controlled by SIAEC's parent Singapore Airlines, believes that the revised contract provides more cost efficiency and certainty.

'After two years of operations and with our fleet expected to double to 12 aircraft by next year, it is timely to review our existing maintenance contract,' said Tiger Airways chief executive, Tony Davis. 'SIAEC's agreement to fix the cost structure of the line maintenance contract to three years is a strong vote of confidence in Tiger Airways' viability. We hope to conclude more such mutually beneficial long term contracts with our other suppliers and pass on the cost savings to our passengers by providing consistent low fares.'

The move will also add more certainty in terms of cost management for the budget carrier at a time when fuel prices are still stubbornly stuck at record levels. Currently, fuel is believed to account for about a third of its total expenditure.

Tiger, which prides itself as the only truly low cost operator here, moved to the Budget Terminal earlier this year, where it switched its ground handling services from Singapore Airport Terminal Services to Swissport International AG after the latter offered its services at a lower price.

SIAEC chief executive officer William Tan said the revised contract would better complement the airframe maintenance services and fleet management programme that SIAEC was extending to Tiger Airways.

'We are very pleased that Tiger Airways has again affirmed its confidence in us,' he said. 'Aligning our operations to the value chain of each airline customer is a key focus of SIAEC.'

Tiger Airways flies to over a dozen destinations in seven countries. It recently passed its 1.5 million passenger carriage mark and expects to reach the two million mark before the end of this year.

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Ryanair threatens to sue government unless airport demands met in seven days
By JANE WARDELL
18 August 2006

LONDON (AP) - Budget airline Ryanair Holdings PLC threatened Friday to take legal action against the British government unless it meets three demands for relaxing airport security and improving staffing at overstretched airports within the next seven days.

The airline, which canceled scores of flights and suffered a 10 percent drop in weekly bookings because of the terror alert that raised security levels on Aug. 10, wants the government to return passenger search requirements to pre-alert levels.

It also wants the government to restore the hand luggage allowance for passengers leaving British airports and an assurance that military and police personnel would be released to help with airport security checks next time there is a major security alert.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said the carrier has sent a letter to Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander informing him of its demands.

The Transport Department said that the current security regime was necessary because of the level of the security threat, which remains at high, and is kept under constant review.

"We have no intention of compromising security levels nor do we anticipate changing our requirements in the next seven days," it said.

The department added that the action taken last week was under the Aviation Security Act 1982, so Ryanair wouldn't be entitled to any compensation. Ryanair says that wasn't made clear and it intends to use the Transport Act 2000 for legal action if it goes ahead.

O'Leary declined to say how much compensation the airline would seek from the government, but said the alert had so far cost the carrier "a couple of million" euros in canceled flights and lost bookings.

He rejected analyst forecasts that Ryanair faced a euro10 million (US$12.8 million) hit, saying the short-term cost was likely to be "a couple of million euros" and the long-term impact would be immaterial.

"If the security procedures are returned to normal within another seven days, then Ryanair will not make any claim against the government," he added.

The government initially banned all hand luggage on flights out of Britain after it announced on Aug. 10 that it had thwarted a plan to explode as many as 10 trans-Atlantic flights. It has since eased that ban, but some restrictions remain.

In another blow Friday, the GMB Union said Swissport baggage handlers and check-in staff plan to strike during the end of August holiday weekend at Stansted airport. Swissport provides services to Ryanair and easyJet PLC and some charter airlines operating at Stansted -- representing about 80 percent of the passenger traffic at Britain's third-busiest airport.

O'Leary was particularly critical of the fact that passengers may now carry a large briefcase, but not a small wheeled case, which he claimed was just 20 percent larger than the allowed briefcase.

The issue is a problem for Ryanair because the carrier began charging customers in January for each bag they checked as part of a plan to get passengers to take only what they could carry.

The airline temporarily waived its euro2.50 (US$3.20) fee for each carryon bag that unexpectedly had to be checked, but has since reintroduced it. O'Leary said Monday that the airline had no plans to end the policy.

Virgin Atlantic, which is jointly owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group Ltd. and Singapore Airlines Ltd., said it was asking the British government to pay for airport security in Britain, although it is not considering suing the government.

Paul Charles, a spokesman for the airline, said the government already pays for transport police to patrol Britain's railways and therefore it should also pay for airport security.

Currently, the bill for security is taken by the airport operators and airlines, and some of the cost is likely passed on to passengers.
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Ryanair to begin flights to Morocco in first foray to Africa
29 August 2006

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Ryanair, the biggest no-frills airline in Europe, is going to Morocco, starting in October.

Ryanair's blue and gold planes will touch down starting Oct. 25 in the Moroccan cities of Fez, Marrakech and Oujda, the airline confirmed Tuesday.

The Moroccan services -- three to four times weekly to and from London's Luton Airport; Hahn Airport north of Frankfurt, Germany, and the southern French city of Marseille -- will be the Irish airline's first foray into Africa.

Ryanair originally announced its plans to open a new Marseille hub -- and, through it, services to Fez, Marrakech and Oujda -- on May 10. Two weeks later, Ryanair formally signed an agreement with the Moroccan government permitting the airline to develop up to 20 routes over five years linking the country to European airports.
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RYAN AIR AND A MEXICAN GROUP TO OPEN A LCC FOR MEXICO AND L.A

VivaAeroBus, part-owned by the founders of Europe's biggest low-frills carrier Ryanair (RYA.L: Quote, Profile, Research), will start flying in October.

VivaAeroBus, which will connect Mexican airports to a handful of U.S. cities, will kick off with an initial investment of $50 million and two Boeing 737-300 airplanes bearing its vivid green and pink logo.

Owned by the Ryan family and Mexican bus company IAMSA and based in the wealthy northern business city of Monterrey, the airline hopes to carry a million passengers in its first year.

It aims to have five planes flying by the end of the year and double its fleet to 10 planes in 2007.

VivaAeroBus fares will undercut traditional Mexican carriers by up to 50 percent, in a shake-up of the industry that started last year with the arrival of the country's first low-cost airlines and the privatization of Mexicana, one of the two top local airlines.

Flight routes have not yet been fixed, but VivaAeroBus is betting on strong business from Mexican migrants flitting between Mexico and the United States to visit family.

The Ryans joined with Maurice Mason of Kite Investments to establish RyanMex to facilitate the Irish family's investment in the Mexican airline. Investor Mason has other ventures around the world outside the airline industry.

RyanMex will hold 49 percent of shares in the new airline, while IAMSA will have a majority stake.

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Ryanair August loadings 91 pct, offers free seats
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DUBLIN, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Europe's biggest budget airline, Ryanair , said on Monday its load factor, a measure of how well it is filling seats, was 91 percent of capacity in August, and that it carried a record 4 million passengers in the month.

Ryanair said a 23 percent rise in its traffic in August from 3.3 million in the same month last year meant it was the first airline to carry more than 4 million international passengers in a single month.

Its load factor was unchanged from August 2005.

Ryanair separately announced three new routes out of Dublin -- to Malta, Stockholm and the Canary Islands -- and plans to give away 4 million free seats on its 371 European routes.

At a Dublin news conference later, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said the seven-day free seat sale, which does not include airport and government taxes, would help "recapture" bookings lost in August due a security alert surrounding an alleged bomb plot that sparked chaos at British airports.

Bookings had been off around 10 percent in the week following the scare, O'Leary told reporters.

"They were back up again to normal by the following Thursday but it still means there were the guts of 50,000-60,000 bookings we dropped over that period compared to normal," he said.

"Today's seat sale is a response to that and trying to drive those bookings now into September."

He said the lost bookings would not show up in the September traffic figures because of the free seat sale but the effect would be seen in yields -- how much an airline receives per seat -- in the September-November period.

"But we've already accounted for that. We've been very conservative in our predictions on average fares through the back half of the year," he added.

O'Leary said the airline, which has hedged its fuel requirements to the end of 2006 at $74 a barrel, was keeping an eye on the market for further opportunities.

"We are continuing to look at opportunities to hedge in the first quarter of next year and would be happy to do so at anything under $75 a barrel," he said.

"We'll keep hedging but at the moment we can only hedge about six months forward. If you try to get nine or 12 months forward the market simply arbitrages it away."

The airline's 3 million pound ($5.7 million) compensation claim against the British government for business lost in August due to stepped-up airport security was proceeding, he said.

"We filed court papers last week, they were submitted to the Department of Transport and they were filed with the court in London this morning."

The UK government has said Ryanair has no grounds to seek compensation.

Asked whether he was confident of winning the action O'Leary said: "If you look at Ryanair's record on legal actions I am anything but confident ... but let the courts decide."

Ryanair shares were up 1.32 percent at 7.70 euros as of 1159 GMT.

(Additional reporting by Jason Neely in London)
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Rolling 12 month passenger totals to July 2006:
EasyJet = 32,442,551
Ryanair = 37,626,423

Percentage increase in passengers since July 2005:
EasyJet = 12.9%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in July 2006:
EasyJet = 84.6%
Ryanair = 90%
Rolling 12 month passenger totals to August 2006:
EasyJet = 32,685,363
Ryanair = 38,371,772

Percentage increase in passengers since August 2005:
EasyJet = 12.1%
Ryanair = 23%

Load factor (ie percentage bums on seats) in August 2006:
EasyJet = 89.2%
Ryanair = 91%
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