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Expanded Tiger Airways to create 150 jobs in Sydney

Expanded Tiger Airways to create 150 jobs in Sydney

Tiger Airways Australia will base three planes and create up to 150 jobs in Sydney after it was given the green light by the air safety regulator to progressively raise its number of daily sectors from 38 to 64.

» Career | Wednesday, March 7, 2012 • Air News Times
The airline will also add another plane to its fleet to use as an "operational spare" to ensure it maintains its significantly improved on-time performance.

The airline will boost the number of return services out of Sydney from nine to 19, with daily return Melbourne Sydney services rising from nine to 11 and four new daily return services each to Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast fares of $59.95 will go on sale this week for travel from July 1 while Brisbane fares of $79.95 will be available for travel from August 1.

An agreement with the Civil Aviation safety Authority means the airline can increase daily flights to 42 by July before moving to 50 in August, 58 in September and then to 64 in October.

The low-cost carrier was forced to reduce its flying after it was grounded by CASA for almost six weeks last year because of safety concerns. The grounding prompted a wave of speculation that Tiger was a spent force in Australia but major shareholder Singapore Airlines moved to help stabilise the carrier. It has since been building up its operations, focusing on reliability and on-time performance as well as improved safety.

But it is currently only using the equivalent of seven of the 10 aircraft it has based in Australia and the under-utilisation of its fleet contributed to a third quarter loss of $S8.6m.

"By October we'll be back where we were pre-grounding,' Tiger Australia chief executive Andrew David told The Australian.

"And we're continuing to work with (CASA) on just creating much more transparent, open relationship with them, building their confidence in what we're doing ."

All 10 of the Australian carrier's aircraft will be back in the air by September and Mr David said the 11th aircraft would mean that the airline would not return "to the bad old days of poor on-time performance".

He said the announcement showed that Tiger was continuing with its Australian expansion as planned and was on track with its business goal to have all 10 Australian aircraft operating by the second half of this year.

"While we're clearly going to put the capacity where the demand is, we're also going to build a schedule that gives people choice, frequency and options but also gives us the ability to recover in situations and gives people consistency," he said. "We're going in there with the view that we're in there to stay and we're not chopping and changing and in and out."

Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said the new Tiger base was great news for Sydney and would cement its status as Australia's number one destination.

"Low-cost carriers are driving growth in aviation right now and Tiger adding 3600 seats to its Sydney schedule including anew Sydney-Brisbane route means there will be more competition and more choice on key corridors," she said.

NSW deputy premier Andrew Stoner said the government had been working closely with Tiger and the new base would provide immediate employment opportunities in areas such as flight, cabin and ground crew as well as engineering support.
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