Tiger Airways going for half throttle as CASA eases flight sector restrictions
Tiger Airways Australian domestic operations have been given approval to lift the number of daily sectors flown from 22 to 32 effective immediately.
The airline will roll out a new timetable soon but said tonight that the extra capacity will used as follows.
- An extra daily Melbourne – Perth flight rotation (from one daily return flight currently to two daily return flights).
- An extra Melbourne – Brisbane service, (from three daily return services currently to up to four daily return services).
- An additional Melbourne – Gold Coast service (from two daily return services currently to up to three daily return services).
- Plus up to two extra daily return Melbourne – Sydney rotations (from five daily return services currently to up to seven daily return services).
It says the changes will be in place in time for the Christmas holiday season.
Before it was grounded as a threat to public safety by CASA in July it was flying around 60 sectors daily. After it was allowed back into the air in August it was initially restricted to 18 sectors a day.
Together with the earlier announcement by Air Australia of its entry onto the Brisbane-Melbourne route from 15 December it looks like domestic fares are going to stay competitive, and go lower for the immediate future.
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