Tigerair Australia will add new services between Brisbane and Perth, and Brisbane and Whitsunday Coast airport, and will base an additional A320 aircraft in Brisbane, creating 50 new jobs.
The jobs will be cabin crew, pilots and ground staff. The airline has launched a special sale to celebrate the announcement.
The airline’s new services between Brisbane and Perth will start from 1 June 2017 and its new services between Brisbane and Whitsunday Coast from 23 March 2017. Both new routes are on sale today in a special “Brisbane Bonanza” sale.
The extra A320 aircraft to be based in Brisbane from March 2017 will bring the number of A320 aircraft based in Queensland capital from two to three.
The two new routes announced yesterday between Brisbane and Perth and between Brisbane and Whitsunday Coast went on sale yesterday afternoon in a special Brisbane themed sale to celebrate the new services.
From 1 June 2017, Tigerair will operate the only low-cost services between Brisbane and Perth with a standard schedule of four weekly return services, increasing up to six times weekly in peak periods such as school holidays.
Four weekly return services between Brisbane and the Whitsunday Coast will commence from 23 March 2017. As well as the new routes, Tigerair will add services to several of its existing Queensland routes, including four additional weekly return services between Brisbane and Cairns, two extra return services between Sydney and Whitsunday Coast Airport and a weekly return service between Brisbane and Adelaide all beginning from late March 2017.
Tigerair Australia chief executive Rob Sharp said yesterday’s announcement was significant for Queensland tourism and the economy as the airline continued to respond to consumer demand for more services to and from Queensland.
“The sunshine state is an integral part of our network with over 70% of all Tigerair domestic services already touching Queensland. That number is set to increase with all the new services announced today.
“The new services announced today will deliver almost 225,000 additional visitor seats through Brisbane Airport annually. This is in addition to the almost 1.3 million visitor seats Tigerair carried through Brisbane Airport in the twelve months up until the end of September 2016.
“We are confident our new services will prove popular with our core market of budget and leisure travellers, whilst at the same time stimulating numerous benefits for the city of Brisbane by way of increased tourism expenditure and job creation.
“We thank Australian consumers and our tourism and airport partners for continuing to embrace Tigerair as the airline goes from strength to strength, delivering on our promise of providing affordable and reliable air travel with great customer service.
“Put simply, the more people that choose to fly Tigerair, the more opportunities there are for expansion of services in the future.”
Edited by Peter Needham