Tigerair Australia touched down at Whitsunday Coast Airport on Tuesday 1 April, with its new thrice-weekly service from Sydney. Enjoying the Queensland sunshine were: Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan; Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer Whitney; Tigerair Head of Communications Vanessa Regan; cabin crew Jessica Kerney, Nynia Sebastian, Jacqueline Weir and Yoshie Swale with Captain Peter Larsen, First Officer Julian Dauncey; and other tourism and airport partners. On board the first flight from Sydney to Whitsunday Coast was Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney (and furry friend) with husband Shane Whitney.
- Tigerair Australia on 1 April launched a new service between Sydney (SYD) and Proserpine (PPP), better known as Whitsunday Coast Airport. The thrice-weekly service on the 1,510-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s A320s, and faces no competition. For Proserpine this becomes the airport’s second destination, after Brisbane, which is served by both Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia. Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp, said: “We have witnessed overwhelming demand from both leisure and budget travellers wanting to gain easy access to Airlie Beach and surrounding areas and today’s Sydney – Whitsunday Coast route launch is in direct response to consumer demand. As the only direct air service between Sydney and Whitsunday Coast, this is a coup for leisure and budget travellers and the all-important backpacker market. Our fares have been proven to stimulate markets and we look forward to working with the Whitsundays regional council and community to provide a much needed boost to local tourism. We’re confident local residents will welcome the direct flights to Sydney as well.”