- Thursday 28 March 2013
The Sunshine Coast today embraced the return of the big cat to its airport, with Tiger Airways resuming its Melbourne - Sunshine Coast schedule.
The flights have re-started just before Easter, ensuring a big boost to early bookings.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was very happy that the Coast had “regained its stripes” with the Tiger flight service recommencing since it ceased back in 2011.
“The Coast has always been a favourite holiday spot for Victorians at Easter – just like the rest of the year,” he said.
“While we are a favourite destination for them during the colder months, we also have a strong contingent of Victorians who have moved here in past years and their families like to visit.
“I am all for some good competition between the airlines to keep prices in check and I believe Tiger does just that.”
Tiger Airways Australia head of communications, Vanessa Regan, said the new services are already proving popular with consumers, with strong Easter sales indicating high demand for the Sunshine route.
“We’re thrilled to put the Sunshine Coast back on Tiger’s map just in time for Easter – one of the busiest times of year for air travel,” she said.
“While many of our Easter weekend flights have filled fast, there are always great deals available with Tiger if you plan ahead and book early.”
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey said the additional services would meet demand from Victorians wanting to holiday on the Sunshine Coast.
“Victoria and Melbourne are key interstate markets for the region, with more than 40 per cent of interstate holiday visitors to the Sunshine Coast coming from Victoria, according to the latest National Visitor Survey,” Ms Stuckey said.
Sunshine Coast Airport general manager Peter Pallot said it was great to see the big cat brand back in our local skies.
“This new service will provide up to 2520 additional visitor seats weekly through Sunshine Coast airport.,” he said.
“The flights are being re-introduced for four days a week to start with however they will increase to daily flights from June.”