Tigerair Australia says Brisbane will become the airline’s third Australian base, with operations starting March and early April, 2014.
The airline will be the only budget carrier in Australia to have a dedicated base in Brisbane.
Two new Airbus A320 aircraft will call Brisbane home, providing 120 new jobs in Brisbane and adding 800,000 additional visitor seats around Australia annually, significantly boosting domestic tourism for five Australian states.
As part of the base announcement, the airline will begin three new routes from Brisbane (to and from Darwin, Cairns and Adelaide) with flights on sale now.
Tigerair has launched a new route between Sydney and Adelaide. Collectively, the new services to Adelaide represent more than a 70 per cent increase on existing services to the South Australian capital.
”This is a significant milestone for our airline, which is embarking on its future Australian expansion as planned,” says TigerAir Australia CEO, Rob Sharp.
”This is great news for consumers and for the economy providing a welcome shot in the arm for domestic tourism across Australia. When the airline rebranded in July this year, we promised more choice for consumers. We are putting the customer and what they want at the forefront of our business. Our network decisions are a result of extensive analysis and are always based on consumer demand.
”Budget travel options at Brisbane have lagged behind other major airports and we are addressing this. Historically, budget travel has accounted for only 19 per cent of Brisbane’s overall airport capacity, against 33 per cent and 26 per cent respectively in Melbourne and Sydney.
”We are responding to this demand for budget travel. Our fares have been proven to stimulate markets and we strongly believe in the potential this new base presents. From April 2014, Queensland will account for 59 per cent of our total capacity and it is a critically important market for Tigerair.”
Mr Sharp unveiled airport infrastructure innovations that will improve customer experience and deliver efficiencies underpinning value for money fares.
”We are seeing a realisation of our focus on customer experience and the desire to innovate. We have been working with Brisbane Airport and trialing automated bag drop technology which allows customers to automate their bag check-in process, providing a virtual check-in environment that speeds up the process saving on queuing time, meaning customers save time and money when they fly with Tigerair,” says Sharp.
Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and managing director, Julieanne Alroe, applauds the decision by Tigerair to open a new base at Brisbane, saying the move is a huge win for travellers, the city and the state.
Queensland Minister for Tourism, Jann Stuckey, says the importance of Queensland as an iconic tourism destination means the new base is an obvious choice for the budget airline.
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