Tiger attacks second biggest Australian domestic route; launches Sydney to Brisbane service from next February

Tiger arrived in Brisbane in March. Now, will Tiger’s entry onto Australia’s second busiest route stimulate growth? There’s already lots of competition (Qantas, Virgin Blue, JetStar) but only 3% growth since 2001, compared to over 20% for Sydney-Melbourne.

Tiger Airways announced this week that it intends to start flying between Brisbane and Sydney starting on 7 February 2011. The route is the second busiest in Australia with over four million passengers in 2009. Initially, the service will be operated twice daily. Competition comes from Qantas (over 140 weekly departures), Virgin Blue (over 120 weekly departures) and Jetstar (21 weekly departures).

Analysis of annual traffic flows on the top five Australian domestic routes shows that between 2001 and 2009, the Brisbane – Sydney route has grown by just 3%, while Melbourne – Sydney has grown by 21% and Brisbane – Melbourne by 18%. Tiger Airways began operating between Melbourne and Sydney in July 2009 and now offers five daily flights on the route. It launched services on the Brisbane – Melbourne route at the end of March this year.

Chart - Top 5 Australian Domestic Routes

Source: BITRE

Tiger Airways Australia’s Managing Director, Crawford Rix, says: “Recently we announced our 10th aircraft for Australia arriving before the end of 2010 and just last week, we announced another two aircraft for Australia, bringing the total number of A320 aircraft to 12 by early 2011. Next month we celebrate two more significant milestones including the commencement of flights from our new base at Melbourne (Avalon Airport) as well as our third year in operation. Because of Tiger Airways, air travel has never been more affordable. We’ve brought real competition to the market and real choice for the consumer. It’s great that more and more people can join in the Low Fare Revolution as Tiger Airways continues to extend its paw print across the nation.”

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe welcomed Tiger Airways’ new services, saying the airline continues to make a big impression on Brisbane’s domestic service offerings. “Tiger Airways arrival at Brisbane Airport earlier this year has already been great for passengers offering more choice and generating greater competition and ultimately lower airfares,” Alroe said.

The CEO of Sydney Airport, Russell Balding, also congratulated Tiger Airways on the new services and the extra choice they will provide for passengers. “The Sydney-Brisbane route is one of the busiest in Australia so passengers will benefit from the additional choice that Tiger Airways provides,” Balding said.


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