Tigerair Australia returns to Canberra

Tigerair Australia Airbus A320 VH-VNR operates the inaugural Melbourne-Canberra service. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)
Tigerair Australia Airbus A320 VH-VNR operating TT667 touches down in Canberra. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)

Tigerair Australia ended a five-year absence from the nation’s capital on Thursday when flight TT667 touched down at Canberra Airport.

The inaugural service, operated by Airbus A320 VH-VNR, was greeted with an Airservices Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) monitor cross on the way to the terminal after landing a little after 1900.

The aircraft was on the ground for about an hour before taking off as the reciprocal TT668 back to Melbourne just after 2000.

Cloudy skies and falling rain failed to dampen the mood at Canberra Airport for the resumption of Tigerair flights to the capital, with celebrations and free giveaways in the terminal for passengers on board the inaugural service thanks to the National Zoo and Aquarium and Visit Canberra.

Canberra Airport managing director Stephen Byron and Tigerair commercial director Adam Rowe. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)
Canberra Airport managing director Stephen Byron and Tigerair commercial director Adam Rowe. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)

“Tigerair Australia is pleased to have launched the only low-cost services between Melbourne and Canberra, providing over 2,500 additional visitor seats every week through Melbourne and Canberra Airports,” Tigerair Australia commercial director Adam Rowe said in a statement.

“Tigerair Australia has really changed its stripes. With enhanced on-time performance and the lowest cancellation rate of all Australian airlines since the beginning of 2015, Tigerair Australia is perfectly placed to stimulate air travel for the Canberra market and we are confident this route will prove particularly popular among our core group of leisure and small business customers.”

Tigerair Australia tiger giveaways at Canberra Airport. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)
Tigerair Australia tiger giveaways at Canberra Airport. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)

Rowe said the airline was pleased with the early demand for its Canberra flights.

Tigerair is offering a split schedule featuring mid-morning or evening flights depending on the day of the week.

Under previous owners Singapore-based Tiger Airways Holdings, the airline then known as Tiger Airways Australia started Melbourne-Canberra flights in 2008, but the route was dropped after the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) grounded the airline for six weeks in 2011.

The airline has since been sold to Virgin Australia and been rebranded as Tigerair Australia.

Tigerair Australia Airbus A320 VH-VNR operates the inaugural Melbourne-Canberra service. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)
Passengers disembark on Tigerair Australia’s inaugural flight from Melbourne to Canberra. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)
Tigerair Australia Airbus A320 VH-VNR operates the inaugural Melbourne-Canberra service. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)
Tigerair Australia Airbus A320 VH-VNR lands at Canberra. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)
Tigerair Australia Airbus A320 VH-VNR operates the inaugural Melbourne-Canberra service. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)
Tigerair Australia Airbus A320 VH-VNR receives an Airservices ARFF monitor cross. (Tigerair Australia/Canberra Airport)

Comments

  1. Anonymus says

    It’s great to see Tiger finally expanding slightly with not only these flights but the Brisbane-Proserpine and Brisbane-Perth flights. Tiger have really come along way and are a real pleasure to fly.

    I hope to see them make a return to places like Launceston & Alice Springs. Hopefully the 737’s will see further expansion from Tiger.

  2. GBRGB says

    Looks like our nations capital is kicking quite a few goals lately in regards to air travel, good to see an airport management deliver for the people of their region.

  3. random says

    Still no Townsville? It’s like city-sized leper colony when it comes to airline services.

    Virgin and Tiger have even expanded in Proserpine this year, so restricted access to a viable business lounge in Townsville is starting to sound a bit dubious as an excuse.