Taiwan’s LCC market about to take off

Taiwan is on the cusp of a budget air travel revolution, as the country’s first low-cost carriers prepare to take off. The country’s first budget airline, Tigerair Taiwan, said in early September it was on track for a 26 September launch with a service between Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport.


Taiwan’s LCC market about to take off


Taiwan is on the cusp of a budget air travel revolution, as the country’s first low-cost carriers prepare to take off. The country’s first budget airline, Tigerair Taiwan, said in early September it was on track for a 26 September launch with a service between Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. Tigerair Taiwan is a joint venture between Singapore-based Tigerair and Taiwan’s national carrier China Airlines.

As with all other Tigerair units, the new Taiwanese venture will operate a fleet of all-economy class A320 aircraft. Following the launch of the Singapore service, Tigerair Taiwan is planning to add three more routes to Southeast Asia by the end of 2014, before venturing into Japan and South Korea in the first quarter of 2015.

Another new Taiwanese budget carrier, V Air, is also expected to commence commercial operations before the end of the year. A subsidiary of Taiwan’s third biggest airline, TransAsia Airways, V Air will initially operate a fleet of two or three A320 aircraft on flights within a five hour radius of Taipei.

Like Tigerair, this will include destinations in Northeast and Southeast Asia, which the airline said are popular travel destinations for Taiwanese.

Taiwan’s other major airline, EVA Air, has said it has no plans to enter the low-cost sector and is instead expanding its long-haul operations, especially to the US.