Posted on: 04 December 2013 by Mark Howells
Brisbane is to become Tigerair Australia’s third Australian base, with operations beginning in March and early April 2014, making the airline the only budget carrier in Australia to have a dedicated base in Brisbane.
Two new Airbus A320s will be based in Brisbane, providing over 120 new jobs there and adding around 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 start three new routes from Brisbane – to and from Darwin, Cairns and Adelaide. In addition to the beginning flights between Brisbane and Adelaide, Tigerair will also today be launching a new route between Sydney and Adelaide. Collectively the new services to Adelaide represent more than a 70% increase on existing services to the South Australian capital.
Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp commented, “This is a significant milestone for our airline, which is embarking on its future Australian expansion as planned. When the airline rebranded in July this year, we promised more choice for consumers. This is the start of delivering on this commitment. 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,” added Sharp. “Budget travel options at Brisbane have lagged behind other major airports and our announcement is designed to address this. Historically, budget travel has accounted for only 19% of Brisbane’s overall airport capacity, against 33% and 26% respectively in Melbourne and Sydney. We are responding to this demand for budget travel.”
Sharp also unveiled airport infrastructure innovations that will improve customer experience and deliver efficiencies underpinning value for money fares.