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Tiger Airways reports best load factor since January. June traffic soars 39%.

Analysis

Tiger Airways reported a 39% surge in passenger numbers last month, cracking the half-million barrier (509,000).

Summary
  • Tiger Airways experienced a significant increase in passenger numbers, reaching over half a million in the last month.
  • The airline's passenger load factor remained stable at 86%, its best performance since January 2010.
  • Tiger Airways plans to expand its fleet from 10 to 14 A320-family aircraft by December 2010 to support its growth and attract more passengers.
  • The airline is launching new services to Trichy and Trivandrum in India, which are already showing strong sales.
  • Tiger Airways' shares experienced a slight decline in Singapore trade, while competitors Virgin Blue and AirAsia also saw decreases.
  • SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, is undergoing changes in ownership, with the new owner planning to acquire an additional 20% of the airline's stock.

Tiger Airways passenger numbers and passenger numbers growth: Jan-2010 to Jun-2010

Crucially, Tiger's passenger load factor was stable at 86% - its best performance since Jan-2010 (when it first started reporting monthly traffic highlights).

Tiger Airways passenger load factor: Jan-2010 to Jun-2010

Tiger's Singapore operation plans to increase its fleet of A320-family aircraft from 10 to 14 by Dec-2010. The increase will "fuel the airline's continued growth as air travel in Asia Pacific continues its robust recovery, and as Tiger continues to attract more passengers". The carrier said its services to Trichy and Trivandrum in India are "already selling very well" ahead of their launch in Nov-2010, adding it hopes to expand in "more parts of Asia", including India and Greater China

Tiger's shares eased 1.1% in Singapore trade yesterday, while rivals Virgin Blue and AirAsia fell 3.1% and 2.1%, respectively.

India's SpiceJet eased 0.4% as new owner, Sun TV Network Chairman and MD, Kalanithi Maran, confirmed plans to launch an open offer to acquire a further 20% of the airline's stock, commencing on 06-Aug-2010. Mr Maran entered an agreement to acquire 37.73% of the LCC's shares on 14-Jun-2010 for an estimated USD160 million and subsequently launched an open cash offer for the acquisition of 83 million equity shares or a 20% stake in SpiceJet at INR57.76 per share, a 3% premium to the stock's 11-Jun-2010 closing price of INR56.05.

Selected LCCs daily share price movements (% change): 12-Jul-2010

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