Published on : Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Tiger Airways is back, and will recommence flights to and from Melbourne just in time for Easter.
Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) Marketing and Brand Director Veronica Rainbird welcomed 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 Easter school holidays,” she said. “This is fantastic news for our region providing much needed capacity on the Melbourne route.”
“It follows what has been an excellent Christmas season for our local tourism industry, and provides an extra shot in the arm for our tourism operators.” Veronica said the return of Tiger to the Sunshine Coast was the result of a great
partnership between SCDL the airport 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, says 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,” 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.