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Tiger Airways continues expansion in Australia with plans to develop Sydney into a “virtual base”


Tiger has continued its rapid growth in Australia in recent weeks, announcing plans to develop Sydney Airport into a “virtual base”, further expanding capacity at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and increasing its Australian fleet. The moves reinforce Tiger’s shift away from its initial plans to concentrate on regional routes to concentrating on high-traffic routes, tackling Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Blue routes. [1481 words]

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  • Expands at Melbourne Tullamarine, rejecting rumours of relocating services to Avalon
  • To base Australian fleet’s eighth aircraft at Adelaide Airport
  • Remains coy on financial status
  • Australian domestic fares increase slightly
  • Resumes Singapore-Krabi service

Graphs and data:

  • Australia’s top five domestic routes by capacity (week commencing 02-Nov-2009); percentage of domestic market
  • Sydney Airport domestic capacity share by carrier (week commencing 02-Nov-2009)
  • Melbourne Tullamarine Airport capacity share by carrier (week commencing 02-Nov-2009)
  • Tiger Airways Australia Melbourne route map: Nov-2009
  • Tiger Airways increased frequencies
  • Adelaide Airport domestic capacity share by carrier (week commencing 02-Nov-2009)
  • Best Discounted Domestic Air Fare Index (July 2003 = 100): May-2004 to May-2009
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