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Tigerair Australia has today announced it will suspend services between Brisbane-Whitsunday and Brisbane-Perth from 1 March, 2018.
Whitsunday Coast Airports General Manager Airports and Commercial Infrastructure, Brian Joiner, said it was important to note that the flights were only suspended at this stage.
“Tigerair recently announced they are reviewing operations as part of their fleet transition program from A320s to the Boeing 737s.
“Airport, Council and Tourism Whitsundays have a close and ongoing relationship with Tigerair and we will continue to work together on opportunities for potential expansion of services in the future.
“Tigerair will continue to operate their popular budget direct service Whitsundays-Sydney and we are meeting with them in Melbourne next week to discuss future route options,” he said.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said Whitsunday Coast Airport is one of the fastest growing regional airports in Australia.
“In December we smashed the single month record of 45,000 passengers and this is the sixth consecutive year of positive growth in passenger numbers.
“We are catering for further growth with a recent runway upgrade and terminal expansion ensuring visitors to our region enjoy a positive experience when transiting.
“Our airport team is also exploring options with airlines for commencement of a Whitsundays-Cairns direct flight to link with international services,” Mayor Willcox said.
A Tigerair Australia spokesperson said the airline regularly reviews its flight network and schedule based on a number of factors including operational requirements, demand and market dynamics.
“Today’s announcement is a route suspension, not a market exit,” the spokesperson said.
“Tigerair Australia remains focused on providing our customers with affordable and reliable air travel and we will continue to review these routes to assess their viability.”
Customers booked to travel on these Tigerair services from 1 March 2018 onwards will be notified by the airline and will be reallocated on to other same day services where possible.
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