Tiger plots return to Cairns

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 1, 2012
Tiger hopes to reinstate flights to Cairns in April. (Seth Jaworski)

Tiger Airways has announced plans to resume flights to Cairns pending approval by safety regulators.

The budget carrier was forced to sharply curtail operations following a six week suspension over safety concerns last year and remains under a CASA imposed cap on daily flights. It has focused on core routes out of its Melbourne hub since returning to the air.

In a statement, Tiger said it planned to re-commence daily service to Cairns from April 25, with flights leaving Melbourne at 8:50 am and returning at 12:45 pm. Fares start from $99.

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The airline said it is “keen to reinstate flights to a number of other destinations around Australia.” Executives have said the carrier must increase flights in order to break even after bleeding money through the second half of last year.

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