No, wait, don’t misread that, Flying Tiger is a fine old freight line that has now been absorbed … another of aviation’s "fallen flags". But Tiger Airways is a vibrant relative ‘new guy" on the airline scene. Based in Singapore and backed by world-renown Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways serves a huge chuck of SEA and Australia. (Rant on: boy how I wish every airline would put a simple graphic like this on their website so people could see their area of service at a glance … Rant off).
The reason they get a write-up here is that they among several "young’ carriers who regularly serve DMIA (the former Clark AB), north of Manila, one of the up and coming places to fly into and out of the Philippines.
I did have Tiger’s website on my Blog roll but I have never written them up before … should have. One of my online friends in the Philippines, JD from Baguio used them to fly from Clark to Macau and return and had a very satisfactory "visa trip" experience.
Laurence, one of my Australian readers also reports their service from major Australian sites to Clark is satisfactory (thanks, Laurence)
How cheap is cheap? Well a couple sample fares I see today on their website for travel in January … after the holiday rush:
Clark-Macau-Clark: Monday departure, Thursday return, all-in air fare:125.59 USD
Clark-Singapore-Clark: Sunday departure, Friday return, all-in-air fare: 171.76 USD
Clark-Darwin-Clark: Sunday departure, Friday return, all-in-airfare: 643.83 USD
I don’t know about you, but these prices, especially to one of my favorite destinations, Macau(Hong Kong) makes me want to fly. A good deal for sight seeing,, leaving the Philippines for visa purpose, not to mention getting to the Philippines from Australia.
A little note I feel I have to add regarding all these deep-discount carriers. They are cheap, particularly because they don’t serve meals and drinks without you paying for them, don’t have tons of comfy pillows and dedicated ladies to keep them fluffed up for you, don’t have free booze, etc. Don’t leap at one of these fares and then complain about the perqs along the way … it’s honest, basic transportation … there’s a reason it’s cheaper.