Tigerair Australia announced (04-Dec-2013) Brisbane Airport will become its third base in Australia, with operations to commence in Mar-2014 and early Apr-2014. The airline plans to base two A320s in Brisbane, adding 800,000 seats p/a to its Australian network and providing more than 120 new jobs in Brisbane. The carrier plans to commence Brisbane-Adelaide service on 11-Mar-2014 and Brisbane-Cairns and Brisbane-Darwin services on 15-Apr-2014, according to its website. The airline also intends to increase Brisbane-Melbourne and Brisbane-Sydney capacity. The airline said it will be the only budget carrier in the country to have a dedicated base in Brisbane. Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp said, "Our network decisions are a result of extensive analysis and are always based on consumer demand. We believe that our announcement today begins to address an underserved budget market. Budget travel options at Brisbane have lagged behind other major airports and our announcement today is designed to address this...Our fares have been proven to stimulate markets and we strongly believe in the potential this new base presents. "Brisbane Airport CEO and MD Julieanne Alroe said, "The decision by Tigerair is an important recognition for Brisbane as a key aviation hub, allowing the airline to stimulate the low cost travel market and help to grow existing and new key destinations and routes. It not only paves the way for future growth of the airline but provides significant flow-on benefits – jobs, investment and opportunity – that powers local, state and national growth." [more - original PR - Tigerair] [more - original PR - Brisbane Airport]
Tigerair to establish second Australian base in Brisbane from Mar/Apr-2014
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