TIGER Airways Australia's announcement today that it will set-up its second Australian base in Sydney in early July will be a boon to Gold Coast-Tweed residents and the local tourism industry.
The airline currently bases itself in Melbourne.
Three Airbus A320 aircraft will progressively call Sydney home, creating over 150 new jobs and providing up to 10 additional daily return services through Sydney Airport.
Up to four return services (eight flights) daily between Sydney and Gold Coast commencing on July 1, 2012 will soon go on sale soon for the bargain basement price of just $59.95.
There will also be two return services (four flights) daily on the popular Sydney-Melbourne route, taking the number of daily return services on the Sydney-Melbourne route up to 11.
In addition there will be up to four return services (eight flights) daily between Sydney and Brisbane commencing on August 1, 2012 - these will soon be marketed for $74.95.
Tiger Airways CEO Andrew David said this news was great for consumers, for domestic tourism and for the economy.
"Three aircraft operating from our second Australian base will provide up to 3,600 extra seats a day through Sydney Airport," Mr David said.
"This is a win-win situation for both consumers wanting more low fares as well as for domestic tourism.
"The creation of over 150 new jobs in Sydney is certainly welcome news for the industry given the current economic climate."
Mr David also said that this is indicative of a new era for the airline as it has received the green light from CASA, the industry regulator, to progress with its 2012 business growth plan.
"We are continuing with our future Australian expansion as planned. The business goal was to have all 10 aircraft operating in Australia by the second half of 2012 and today's news proves we're on track," Mr David said.
"An 11th aircraft will be deployed to Australia by August 2012 and further network developments will be announced in due course."
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