Reinstated airline Tiger continues Australian rollout
Thursday 18 August 2011
Australian budget airline Tiger has announced another route reopening, as it continues to slowly roll out a new network.
The airline confirmed August 18 that it has restarted flights between Melbourne and Brisbane, some seven weeks after its license to operate was suspended by the Australian Civil Aviation Authority (CASA).
Flights begin Thursday between Australia's capital and the popular holiday destination of Brisbane and are set to increase in frequency as of next week, with two daily return services on offer and a special AUD$39.95 (€29) one-way deal on offer until this weekend.
"Tiger Airways is earmarking a return to a number of other popular destinations soon and will announce further network developments in due course," said the firm in a statement.
The suspension was lifted last week, but Tiger has been slow to take to the skies again, saying that it is focusing on "flying popular and profitable routes" as it attempts to rebuild public confidence in its safety.
The first route, announced last week, was between Melbourne and Sydney.
Tiger's suspension sent shockwaves through the Australian aviation industry and was the first ban of its type CASA had ever issued after the authority found "serious and imminent" safety risks.
With its future appearing in jeopardy, several analysts warned that a permanent ban could mean higher fares for passengers due to reduced competition on routes, warning of five years of fare hikes were Tiger to exit the market.
For passengers an increasing number of flights from an improved airline will be good news - and many will be hoping that Tiger outgrows its new-cub status rather quickly.
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