Tigerair Australia will operate three times weekly flights between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour from December 9.
The new flights will depart Melbourne at 9:05 am Mondays and Wednesdays and at 08:45 am on Fridays, returning from Coffs Harbour at 11:25 am and 11:05 am respectively, adding 1,080 seats a week to the north coast NSW regional centre.
“Tigerair has shown, once again, huge confidence in Coffs Harbour Regional Airport and the region with this latest new route announcement,” Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight said in a statement.
“The advent of low-cost carriers to other leisure destinations such as the Sunshine Coast and Ballina/Byron has resulted in significant growth to those areas and I’m absolutely positive that this new service is going to be great for tourism and great for our community.”
Tigerair has been flying to Coffs from Sydney since February 2013.
Meanwhile, Tigerair took delivery of its 14th Airbus A320, the Sharklet-fitted VH-XUH, in Melbourne on Tuesday. The aircraft, pictured above outside BAE Systems’ Melbourne maintenance hangar on August 25, will enter service shortly and from December will be based in Sydney in support of recently-announced additional weekly return flights from Sydney to Whitsunday Coast, Cairns, and Adelaide.