Tigerair, Singapore's largest budget airline, and SpiceJet Ltd said they have signed a three-year interline agreement to pave the way for greater connectivity between flights operated by both carriers.
SpiceJet is the first Indian low fare airline to establish such an arrangement with a foreign airline.
This partnership will result in a major boost for tourism and business travel between the two countries, according to a† press release issued by India's no-frill airlines.
Starting from January 6, 2014, customers travelling on SpiceJet's domestic network from 14 Indian cities can have seamless connection through Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport onto Tigerair's Singapore-bound flights.
Similarly starting from January 12, 2014, Tigerair customers from Singapore will also enjoy easy access to SpiceJet's wide domestic network, making their holiday and business travel more seamless, it said.
Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer of SpiceJet Ltd said, "We are glad to announce the interline partnership that brings two leading low fare Asian carriers together.
This is a historic moment for SpiceJet and Tigerair.
This partnership will hugely benefit travellers from India and Singapore, and represents one of the building blocks of the emerging new SpiceJet.
Group Chief Commercial Officer of Tigerair Alexander Knigge said, "India is one of our key markets and we are excited to expand our footprint there through this interline partnership with SpiceJet.We look forward to build a win-win partnership and delivering even more travel options to our customers."
Hyderabad's RGIA, run by GMR Group will be the first Indian airport to facilitate the connecting flights between SpiceJet and Tigerair.
The airport will provide a free porter service to facilitate the collection and transfer of checked-in baggage for passengers travelling on connecting flights between the two airlines, the statement further said.
SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL said, the airport†is delighted to be the catalyst in bringing together SpiceJet and Tigerair to create, for the first time in India, an interline product which will have immense benefits travellers, the two airlines, and to the Hyderabad Airport.