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Tiger begins service to Canberra

By 14 February 2008 17

Tiger Airways has begun its service to Canberra today with its first flight from Melbourne touching down this morning. Chief Minister Standope believes this will be great for tourism from Melbourne to Canberra. I fail to see how it would improve tourism over the already running Virgin Blue services. None the less, more options for Canberra airport is always welcome in my opinion.

Full ABC article can be found here.

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17 Responses to Tiger begins service to Canberra
#1
peterz3:54 pm, 14 Feb 08

Good one Tiger. We should all support Virgin and Tiger and show Qantas that they need to lift their service (and reduce their prices)to win us back.

#2
hingo3:59 pm, 14 Feb 08

They have, its called Jetstar. Unfortunately they don’t do flights from Canberra…

#3
peterz4:02 pm, 14 Feb 08

That’s because all the pollies want their free snacks at the qantas lounge! I say give them a gold coin for the vending machine!

#4
blah4:32 pm, 14 Feb 08

Extra airline = extra competition = more competitive prices = increased tourism.

In theory.

#5
Dante4:56 pm, 14 Feb 08

I’m happy about this one, it’s great competition between the discount airlines. I could have booked flights to and from Melbourne for $45 for me and the missus over Easter… if I hadn’t done it a few weeks ago for $40 each way. Dang.

#6
Mr Evil5:37 pm, 14 Feb 08

Don’t rock up at the airport with more than 15 kilos each, Dante.

#7
Davo1117:39 pm, 14 Feb 08

Prefer murrays/greyhound tbh.

#8
shauno8:53 pm, 14 Feb 08

“That’s because all the pollies want their free snacks at the qantas lounge! I say give them a gold coin for the vending machine!”

You can still access the Qantas Club when flying Jetstar

#9
MelonHead7:30 am, 15 Feb 08

Try booking a J or V flight somewhere and then needing to change your return, or not return the same route. This is why some of us prefer a Qantas flexible ticket. Not just pollies.

#10
wishuwell10:09 am, 15 Feb 08

@Hingo. Does being owned by Qantas have anything to do with Jetstar not servicing super profitable/protected routes?!

#11
Holden Caulfield1:39 pm, 15 Feb 08

In our relatively small market, unless the APS embraces a carrier other than Qantas we should expect any competition to be flying to Canberra on a temporary basis.

#12
ns2:55 pm, 15 Feb 08

We received an all staff message when Vigin started earlier this year which also mentioned, “The Department of Finance and Administration has re-introduced Commonwealth smaller airline usage reporting and has set a 25% benchmark for smaller airline usage for all departments. This new benchmark is a significant increase when compared to the previous 10% target.”

Baby steps people :)

#13
simbo7:02 am, 16 Feb 08

I must admit, when I fly elsewhere (okay, usually to Melbourne), I usually fly Virgin anyway on the basis that it’s significantly cheaper than Qantas. (and, having driven to Melbourne once, I’ve realised that an hour or so in the air beats spending the better half of a day on the road)

Given that Tiger does $10 airfare sales on a reasonably regular basis, that’s very likely to be a daily planeload of people who might consider a trip to Canberra just a bit more attractive now…

#14
ant10:54 am, 16 Feb 08

Having seen the various subterfuges that senior APS people use to avoid flying anyone but Qantas, it’ll be interesting to see if the gov’t can make its desire for them to use non-Qantas have any real impact.

#15
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_7:10 pm, 17 Feb 08

You get what you pay for…

#16
JD11410:53 am, 18 Feb 08

Although Quaintarse is obviously ripping people off, I would no more fly Jetstar than get on that Ukrainian IL76 featured elsewhere on this site. When you rely on people’s misfortunes and unexpected delays to generate a significant percentage of your revenue, some of which Qantas snaffles up when Jetstar stuffs up, then you will never ever see my bum on what of your seats.

Not only that, Jetstar is turning air travel into a favourite of the bogan masses, and I prefer to pay a little more and fly in better company. :-)

#17
Mælinar11:08 am, 18 Feb 08

I’ve recently learned that Qantas has lost the Defence contract – on its own enough to keep any airline airborne through turbulence (pun).

It’ll definetly solidify the competitors position in Canberra though, as the closest airport to wherever the JDFHQ is located, which is ultimately a good thing for Canberra.

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