Pictured with Tigerair Australia cabin crew on the inaugural flights from Brisabane to Cairns were from (left to right): Cairns Airport CEO Kevin Brown; Local member for Cairns and Assistant Minister for Tourism, Gavin King; Janice Aniston, GM Aviation and Marketing, Cairns Airport; Rob Sharp, Tigerair CEO; and Mayor of Cairns Bob Manning.
- Tigerair Australia, which opened its Brisbane (BNE) base last month, has added two further cities this week to the growing operation, beginning daily services to both Cairns (CNS) and Darwin (DRW) on 15 April. Both services will be flown by the LCC’s 180-seat A320s and both will face some stiff competition from incumbents on the routes. The Cairns route is the tougher of the two, with Virgin Australia Airlines (29 weekly), Jetstar Airways (28) Qantas (28) and Cathay Pacific Airways (four) providing competition on the 1,389-kilometre sector. To Darwin there are fewer competing frequencies and airlines, with Qantas (11), Virgin Australia (seven) and Jetstar (seven) fighting for dominance in this market. NT Airports CEO Ian Kew said it was exciting to see Tigerair expanding its route coverage. “Tigerair’s new Brisbane service is great news for tourism, with the airline’s low cost structure providing more options to travellers from such an important market,” he said. Mayor of Cairns, Bob Manning said the introduction of new flights demonstrated confidence in the Far North Queensland tourism industry. “We welcome Tigerair’s entry into the Brisbane to Cairns market and, of course, the people it will bring to our region”.