Straits Times Extract
SIA signs new agreement with Gulf Air
It's lower fares for SIA flights to Middle East
By Rebecca Lee
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) passengers headed towards the Middle East can now hope to do so at prices that are much easier on their wallets. This is thanks to an agreement signed last week between SIA and Gulf Air.
Called the special pro-rata agreement (SPA), the alliance allows the two carriers to put passengers on each other's flights at a lower-than-industry price.
SPAs are discount agreements often used by airlines, giving carriers an incentive for greater cooperation. The agreement will also help SIA passengers to call on more destinations in the Middle East without having to tear their hair out about details, such as reservations and connecting flights.
For instance, SIA passengers flying to Middle East cities not served by SIA can now fly from Singapore to Dubai, then take connecting Gulf Air flights to other Middle-Eastern destinations.
And Gulf Air passengers wanting to travel to Asian and Australian cities from Bahrain can stop in Singapore to connect to SIA's flights to other parts of the region.
The airline president, who was in Singapore as part of a South-east Asian trip to familiarise himself with a region that had the 'greatest potential' for growth, said he hoped the agreement with SIA would, one day, lead to a code-share arrangement. Airlines in such arrangements sell seats on each other's flights and use the same flight numbers.
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