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Tigerair bags permit to fly to Japan

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(InterAksyon) MANILA - Tiger Airways Philippines has secured permits from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to fly to Japan.

Olive Ramos, Tigerair chief executive, said CAB cleared the airline's 14 times a week flights from Manila to Narita, Japan and seven times a week each from Clark and Cebu to Narita.

Tigerair also secured permit to fly seven times a week each from Manila, Cebu and Clark to Osaka, Japan. CAB also approved Tigerair's permit to fly seven times a week from Kalibo to Narita and Osaka.

"Our target is middle of next year or before the end of the second quarter. Our priority would be Manila-Narita and Clark-Narita, and then Kalibo-Narita," Ramos said.

She said the airline may fly between Manila and Macau, but the Clark to Macau flight is more certain by the first quarter next year.

Tigerair suspended its Manila-Phuket flights effective December 15, citing losses on this route. It however may mount flights to Macau, Japan and China next year in leiu of Phuket.

Ramos had said the airline plans to increase its market share from three percent in 2012 to five percent this year, and is acquiring 25 new aircraft in the next three to five years to serve more routes and passengers.
The airline is aiming for a P5 billion revenue target this year.

Tiger Airways' unit, Roar Aviation II Pte Ltd, earlier acquired a 40 percent stake in Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair) from the Philippine carrier's existing foreign shareholders for $7 million.

From Manila, Tigerair flies to Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa and Tacloban.  From Clark, the airline flies to Hongkong, Bangkok, Singapore and Kalibo.

Tigerair has a fleet of two A319s and three A320s.

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