Toby the Tiger, Tigerair Australia’s mascot was in charge of proceedings in Townsville following the inaugural flight from Melbourne. Cutting the beach-inspired cake were: Patricia O’Callaghan Townsville Enterprise Limited CEO; Leanne Coddington Tourism Events Queensland CEO; Coralee O’Rourke MP; Mayor Jenny Hill; Toby the Tiger; Vanessa Regan, Head of Communications, Tigerair Australia; and Kevin Gill, COO, Townsville Airport.
- Tigerair Australia has added its 10th route from its biggest base in terms of weekly seats by launching a four times weekly service to Townsville (TSV) from Melbourne (MEL). The four times weekly A320-operated flights, which started 22 June, are expected to deliver almost 75,000 additional annual seats at Townsville. Melbourne to Townsville flights are scheduled to depart at 08:15 and arrive at 11:15, while the return sectors leave the North Queensland destination at 11:45 and arrives back into Melbourne at 14:50. Tigerair Australia Head of Communications, Vanessa Regan, said: “As the only low-cost carrier providing direct daytime flights between Melbourne and Townsville, we are confident these services will prove particularly popular with our core market of budget and leisure travellers. Early indications are certainly pleasing with our inaugural services today fully booked.” Townsville Airport COO Kevin Gill said: “Tigerair’s entry into the Townsville market is reflective of the region’s increasing desirability as a travel destination. This is great news from both an inbound and outbound perspective, which will particularly benefit the leisure market.” Jetstar Airways will provide competition on the city pair, as it operates the 2,055-kilometre sector on a daily basis.