Tiger Airways has announced its third base for Australia with news that it will begin operating flights from Avalon Airport later this year.
Tiger Airways Australia Managing Director, Shelley Roberts said the new Avalon base would complement existing services at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and allow Tiger to further increase its fleet in Australia to 11.
“The new flights from Avalon Airport are further proof that we are well positioned to continue our growth and expansion in Australia as we have planned.
“Our new third base means more aircraft, more jobs, more low fares, more tourism benefits and further cements our commitment to the State of Victoria.
“We are thrilled to partner with Avalon Airport to provide more low-cost services. Visitors to the State will have greater access to the many leisure tourism drawcards such as the Great Ocean Road and the renowned food and wine regions of the Bellarine Peninsula and the Greater Geelong area.
“With Tiger Airways operating from both Tullamarine and Avalon Airports, it will be even more convenient and affordable to fly with Tiger Airways,” Ms Roberts said.
Commenting on the new Avalon services, Linfox Airports Executive Chairman David Fox said: “This is an enormous boost for the airport and the travelling public. Avalon’s low-cost model is in sync with Tiger’s low-cost model and this will result in more competition which tends to lead to lower prices.
“This is about Avalon being a genuine alternative destination and promoting competition so ultimately passengers get the best deal.’’
Fox said that the airline would seek the opinion of Australians when determining which destinations the airline should fly to out of Avalon.
“We’re all about evolving in response to customer demand. From today, we will have a voting button on our website homepage to enable anyone to cast their vote for which destinations they would like to see Tiger Airways fly from Avalon Airport (visit www.tigerairways.com to vote).
“We’ll announce the destinations, based on popular demand, in due course, so keep checking our website to find out when we go on sale from our new base,” Ms Roberts said.
Avalon had many advantages including cheaper parking, more convenient terminals and was only 40 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, according to Avalon Airport Chief Executive, Justin Giddings.
“Over the coming months Avalon Airport will be undertaking a series of further announcements regarding improved passenger facilities and low-cost transport links.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F