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Tigerair Philippines temporarily halts Manila-Phuket flights

(PHOTO) Tigerair Philippines
(ABS-CBN News) MANILA, Philippines – Tiger Airways Philippines has temporarily stopped flights from Manila to Phuket, Thailand due to low load factor, its vice president for commercial operations Jose Laurente Jr. said.

Laurente said the budget airline’s load factor for the route was less than 50 percent, way below the load factor target of 80 percent to make a destination profitable.

“We have reviewed this and have found it to be a non-profitable route,” he said.

He said the airline mounted its last flight to Phuket last December 15, barely three months after it was launched.

Laurente noted that the Manila-Phuket operation was launched during the lean season, adding that officials will study if it will be viable to revive the route in 2014.

He also said the airline has decided to stop flights to Tacloban due to the effects of typhoon “Yolanda.”

Tigerair mounts international flights to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok and domestic flights to Kalibo and Davao City via the Clark international airport.

Laurente said Tigerair is considering launching flights to Macau via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and flights to Incheon, South Korea and Tokyo via the Clark international airport in the first quarter of next year.

The airline is also looking at expanding its fleet to 25 from its current fleet of 5 Airbus aircrafts.

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