Scoot and Tigerair drive Singapore Airlines Group expansion in China; 14 new destinations in 5 years
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group is pursuing further expansion in China, which is already the group’s single largest market and perhaps strategically – its most important. Tigerair’s 28-Apr-2016 launch of services to Wuxi gives the SIA Group 23 scheduled destinations in mainland China.
SIA now has more Chinese destinations than the rival group Cathay Pacific, and more than any foreign airline group outside North Asia. Five years ago the SIA Group had only nine Chinese destinations.
Over the last four years SIA has grown capacity to China by approximately 50%, with nearly all the growth generated by its LCC subsidiaries Scoot and Tigerair. SIA currently only has slightly less capacity to China than Southeast Asia’s leading LCC group – AirAsia. Cathay Pacific, AirAsia, Asiana and Korean Air are the only foreign airline groups that are now larger in China than SIA.
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