CASA to keep Tiger Australia grounded as CEO departs

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority is seeking to extend the suspension of Tiger Airways Australia through an application lodged at the Federal Court in Melbourne which will have the effect of continuing the suspension until 1 August 2011.

If CASA completes its investigations and determinations before 1 August and is satisfied Tiger Airways Australia no longer poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety it may be possible for it to resume operations earlier. The suspension of Tiger Airways Australia’s operations remains in place at until either the Federal Court refuses CASA’s application or CASA withdraws it.

CASA says it is making the application to the Court because investigations into Tiger Airways Australia will not be completed by the end of the initial five working day suspension period.

Tiger says it has been working constructively with CASA to establish a plan for the resumption of services and will not oppose the period of extension. “The airline remains committed to resuming services as quickly as possible,” says Tiger’s statement. Passengers holding reservations between now and 31 July 2011 will have their fares refunded.

Meanwhile, Tiger Airways Australia’s current CEO, Crawford Rix, is to leave the airline on 31 July, with Tony Davis, the Group president and CEO parent company, Tiger Airways Holdings, taking over. Davis’s former responsibilities will be carried out by Chin Yau Seng, executive director of Tiger Airways Holdings. Davis will continue to serve as a director of Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd.

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