Saturday April 19, 2014

Tigerair expands with Brisbane base, new A320s

Tigerair is acquiring two additonal A320s. (James Morgan)

Tigerair is acquiring two additonal A320s. (James Morgan)

Now Virgin Australia-controlled Tigerair Australia has announced significant expansion plans with the creation of a new operating base in Brisbane, the acquisition of two new Airbus A320s and the launch of four new routes.

Tigerair says 150 new jobs will be created with this expansion, 120 of which will be in Brisbane, where its new base is due to become operational in March and early April next year. Two A320s will be based in the Queensland capital, allowing the airline to launch services from Brisbane to Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin. New Adelaide-Sydney flights have also been announced.

“This is a significant milestone for our airline, which is embarking on its future Australian expansion as planned,” Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp said.

“Budget travel options at Brisbane have lagged behind other major airports and our announcement today is designed to address this. Historically, budget travel has accounted for only 19 per cent of Brisbane’s overall airport capacity, against 33 per cent and 26 per cent respectively in Melbourne and Sydney.

Sharp said that once the new base is operational Queensland will account for 59 per cent of Tigerair flight capacity.

Tigerair has also announced the introduction of automated bag drop facilities at Brisbane Airport, technology it says it is “committed” to rolling our across its network.

Coinciding with Tigerair’s commencement of Brisbane-Darwin flights, Virgin Australia has announced a retiming of its own Brisbane-Darwin schedule. With effect from April 15. The revised flight will depart Brisbane at 9:30am arriving into Darwin at 1:20pm, with the return leg leaving Darwin at 2:05pm arriving into Brisbane at 6:15pm.

Rob Sharp speaks at Brisbane,

Rob Sharp speaks at Brisbane,

Comments

6 Responses to “Tigerair expands with Brisbane base, new A320s”
  1. NJP says:

    How long till Qantas find something to complain about re this?

  2. TONZA2013 says:

    I wonder if they will expand into Central and Regional Queensland.

  3. Craig says:

    Go virgin/tiger give it to the opposition

  4. R jensen says:

    new aircraft as in new to tiger air aust or brand new aircraft to me it will be hand me downs

  5. Raymond says:

    I’d have to say that the overall flying experience with Tigerair since Virgin took control has been much better (and I fly QF, VA, JQ and TT).

  6. TrashHauler says:

    Nice work Tiger- watch this space and wait for Jetstar to have a whinge just like Qantas!