17-Dec-2012 6:55 AM

Tiger Airways to base fourth aircraft in Sydney, to launch Sydney-Mackay service

Tiger Airways has taken (16-Dec-2012) delivery of a fourth A320 aircraft to be based in Sydney, on the eve of its new Mackay route commencing on 17-Dec-2012 and Sydney-Coffs Harbour service scheduled for 15-Feb-2013. Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather said: “The resurgence of Tiger Airways has been a boon to travellers, providing more choice and competition on popular leisure routes. The decision to base a fourth aircraft at Sydney Airport is testament to the strong leisure market in Sydney and the appeal of Sydney and NSW for domestic tourism. Tiger’s Sydney base has been going from strength to strength with the airline announcing it would be commencing its first regional route to Coffs Harbour in February. Tiger will be flying five routes to/from Sydney from next year, which shows there is strong demand for low cost fares to great domestic destinations.” Tiger Airways has announced five new destinations in 2012 - Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart, Mackay and Coffs Harbour. Tiger Airways commercial director Carly Brear said Tiger goes where demand dictates and in the case of Mackay, which was a front runner in Tiger Airways’ recent online ‘where next’ poll, the demand has been overwhelming. “As the only low fare airline flying directly between the two biggest major capital cities and Mackay we aim to meet a consumer need as well as provide a welcome boost for domestic tourism and the local economy,” said Ms Brear. The Sydney-Mackay service will operate up to five weekly providing 1800 seats through Mackay and Sydney airports on a weekly basis. Melbourne-Mackay service will commence on 18-Dec-2012 with up to four weekly services providing 1440 seats weekly through both airports. [more - original PR - Sydney Airport] [more - original PR - Tiger Airways]

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