- Thursday 07 February 2013
Tiger Airways is back, and will recommence flights to and from Melbourne just in time for Easter.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was delighted to announce the return of Tiger Airways to the Coast after an absence of nearly two years.
“Tiger will recommence operations on the Sunshine Coast-to-Melbourne route on March 27 in time for the start of the all-important Easter school holidays,” he said.
“This is fantastic news for our tourism industry and our region providing much-needed capacity on the Melbourne route.
“It follows what appears to have been an excellent Christmas season for our local tourism industry, and I know they will be glad to receive this news.”
Mayor Jamieson said the return of Tiger to the Sunshine Coast was the result of a great partnership between the airport, Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland.
Airport General Manager Peter Pallot said the re-introduced service will start with four flights a week, building to a daily service by June adding over 130,000 seats annually to the route.
“Tiger will operate the initial services Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week,” he said.
“Tiger was a popular service here in the past and I am sure it will be again.”
Its aircraft will depart Melbourne at 9.05am (AEDT), arriving here at 11.20am (local time), with the return flight leaving Sunshine Coast at 11.50am (local time), arriving back in Melbourne at 2.15pm (AEDT), Mr Pallot said.
Tiger Airways Australia Commercial Director, Carly Brear, said today’s news was exciting for the consumer, the local economy and the airline.
“We are confident a lot of our current and future customers will be very happy that we are bringing Tiger’s low fares to more of Australia. Our new service to the Sunshine Coast further increases our presence in Queensland, which is an ever popular state for our customers to visit and also provide additional connectivity for Queensland residents who have been extremely supportive of Tiger’s services to date,” she said.
Tiger Airways is offering a special early-bird discount price of $49.95 each-way between Sunshine Coast and Melbourne for travel during April or May only, on tickets sold between today and midnight February 12.