Posted on: 11 March 2014 by Mark Howells
Tigerair Australia has officially marked the opening of its new Queensland base, its third in Australia, with the arrival of a brand new aircraft in Brisbane, the inauguration of two new routes on the network and the launch of web-check services.
Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp also announced the expansion of the airline’s partnership with BAE Systems to undertake the airline’s line maintenance, which will create an additional 40 full time new jobs in Melbourne, Sydney and at the new Brisbane base. In total the new Queensland base will create over 200 new employment positions in Australia (with more than 130 of these in Brisbane).
Two brand new Airbus A320s are being based in Brisbane – one immediately, the second from 15 April. The two routes beginning service on the network are between Brisbane and Adelaide and Sydney and Adelaide. Collectively the new services to Adelaide represent more than a 70% increase on existing services through the South Australian capital providing 240,000 additional seats annually.
All Tigerair passengers will benefit from the new web-check facility which is live now across the network allowing customers the convenience of by-passing queues at the check-in counter.
CEO Sharp commented, “This is a significant milestone for our airline, which is embarking on its future Australian expansion as planned, and great news for the domestic aviation sector, for consumers and for Australian tourism on multiple levels.
“When the airline rebranded in July last year, we promised more choice for consumers. Today 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. We believe that our announcement today begins to address an underserved budget market,” Sharp added.
“Budget travel options at Brisbane have lagged behind other major airports,” he continued. “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. Our fares have been proven to stimulate markets and we strongly believe in the potential this new base presents.
“Furthermore our extended partnership with BAE Systems reinforces Tigerair’s commitment to strengthen the operational performance of the airline as part of a long term business strategy,” Sharp concluded.
Photo shows Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp with Brisbane-based crew and Queensland Minister For Tourism And Major Events, Hon Jann Stuckey.