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Singapore competition commission seeks feedback on Scoot, Tiger Air tie-up

The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) is seeking feedback on whether a tie-up between budget carriers Scoot and Tiger Airways might restrict or distort competition on air services from Singapore.

SINGAPORE: The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) is seeking feedback on whether a tie-up between budget carriers Scoot and Tiger Airways might restrict or distort competition on air services from Singapore.

Scoot, a long-haul budget carrier, is a wholly-owned unit of Singapore Airlines (SIA) while Tiger, which focuses on shorter routes, lists the Singapore flag carrier as its largest shareholder.

The carriers first announced their partnership in October 2012 but only sought clearance from the CCS last month as the alliance is entering a second phase.

CCS's announcement came a day after it asked for feedback on a proposed deal involving SIA and Air New Zealand.

Scoot and Tiger, which recently reported a loss for the three months ended December 2013, compete with a host of budget carriers including AirAsia, JetStar, Cebu Pacific and Lion Air.

Parent SIA will announce its results for its fiscal third quarter ended December later on Thursday.  

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