CCS Issues A Clearance Decision On Scoot-Tiger Airways Proposed Cooperation

8 August 2014

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1.            The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) has cleared the notification for decision received from Scoot Pte. Ltd. (“Scoot”) and Tiger Airways Singapore Pte. Ltd. (“Tigerair Singapore”)(together, the “Parties”). The notification relates to the application of section 34 of the Competition Act to the proposed cooperation between the Parties (“Proposed Cooperation”).

2.            The Proposed Cooperation would allow the Parties to coordinate in relation to, among others, scheduling, pricing, sales and marketing, service policies, and other matters to improve the overall quality of service offered to passengers on the Parties’ respective operations.  

3.            After reviewing the submissions provided by the Parties and various stakeholders, CCS agrees with the Parties that they operate largely complementary networks of flights. Although some parts of the Proposed Cooperation would raise competition concerns, these would be offset by a resulting net economic benefit (“NEB”)[1] to Singapore passengers and therefore the Proposed Cooperation is excluded from the Section 34 Prohibition.[2]

4.            Examples of such benefits assessed by CCS are improvements in scheduling and efficiency on routes, expanded connectivity across the Parties’ networks and expansion of the Parties’ existing networks. In arriving at this conclusion, CCS considered the significance of fifth freedom air traffic rights between Singapore and various destinations within the Parties’ networks in bringing about an increase in passenger numbers.

5.            In an aviation market study on airline cooperation agreements concluded earlier this year, CCS found that previous cooperation agreements between airlines that were granted antitrust immunity by CCS have resulted in a NEB, particularly in terms of the increase in passenger numbers. Nonetheless, each airline cooperation agreement would need to be examined on a case-by–case basis. Details of the findings of the market study can be found here.

6.            Further information on the Parties and the analysis of the decision will be made available on CCS’s public register at a later date.

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Ms. Lim Le-Anne
Senior Assistant Director
Strategic Planning Division
Competition Commission of Singapore
DID: 6325 8304 / 9478 8824

Ms. Teo Hwee Leng
Assistant Director
Strategic Planning Division
Competition Commission of Singapore
DID: 6325 8126


[1]Under section 35 of the Act, an agreement with a NEB can be excluded from the Section 34 Prohibition of the Competition Act if such an agreement contributes to improving production or distribution or promoting technical or economic progress but which does not impose on the undertakings concerned restrictions which are not indispensable to the attainment of these objectives, and does not afford the undertakings concerned the possibility of eliminating competition in respect of a substantial part of the goods and services in question.

[2] Agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings or concerted practices which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within Singapore fall within the Section 34 Prohibition. By operation of section 35 of the Competition Act (read with paragraph 9 of the Third Schedule of the Act), the Proposed Conduct, within the relevant markets, is excluded from the Section 34 Prohibition of the Competition Act.