Thai Airways cuts ties with Tiger Airways

Thai Airways cuts ties with Tiger Airways

Thai Airways has effectively severed ties with Tiger Airways after confirming it would not renew its alliance with the carrier.

Singapore-based Tiger was grounded for several weeks earlier this year following concerns over safety.

Thai Airways is instead expected to concentrate on its own recently announced low-cost carrier, Thai Smile.

Thai Airways chairman Ampon Kittiampon told reporters: “We will not extend our contract which will expire next month because we now have Thai Smile.”

In 2010, Thai Airways signed a memorandum of understanding to form the alliance with Tiger Airways to operate a new budget carrier, Thai Tiger.

However, the plan was delayed pending approval from the transport ministry.

Thai Smile is expected to launch next year.