Just a few weeks after gaining international air links to Singapore and Wellington, Canberra is celebrating a new low-cost domestic service to Melbourne.
Tigerair Australia began service between Melbourne and Canberra on Friday. A few weeks earlier, Singapore Airlines launched its new Capital Express service, linking Canberra with Singapore and the New Zealand capital.
Tigerair’s new services are currently the only low cost air travel option available to Canberrans. The service will also suit Victorians keen for affordable flights to Canberra, a city becoming an increasingly attractive tourism destination, with a rich mix of art, culture, food, exhibitions and world-class events.
Managing Director, Canberra Airport, Stephen Byron (left) with Tigerair Australia Commercial Director, Adam Rowe
The inaugural service between Melbourne and Canberra (TT667) arrived at Canberra Airport at 7pm on Friday.
A ceremonial water cannon salute marked its arrival and each passenger aboard the inaugural service received a welcome pack and a toy tiger, courtesy of Canberra Airport, the National Zoo and Aquarium and Visit Canberra.
Tigerair Australia Commercial Director Adam Rowe says the airline is pleased with early demand for the new services and looks forward to continuing to partner with Canberra Airport and the ACT Government, through Visit Canberra, to stimulate air travel on the new route.
“Tigerair Australia is pleased to have launched the only low-cost services between Melbourne and Canberra, providing over 2500 additional visitor seats every week through Melbourne and Canberra Airports.”
Tigerair touches down in Canberra
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the arrival of Tigerair opened up new opportunities to promote the capital to Melbournians and provide people in the Canberra region with a more affordable way of reaching Melbourne.
“Visitors from Victoria will find we’ve got a lot to offer, including major exhibitions – such as the NGA’s new Versailles: Treasures from the Palace and the National Museum of Australia’s A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum – plus our sporting calendar and the capital’s food and wine scene.”
Canberra Airport’s Managing Director, Stephen Byron, said he believed Tigerair’s new services provide a highly attractive option for Victorians to take advantage of the numerous tourism and business opportunities that Canberra has to offer.
Edited by Peter Needham