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Canberrans no longer to ride the Tiger.

By johnboy - 7 August 2011 19

Crikey brings word that Canberra has been removed from the Tiger Airways website as the troubled airline plans to resume services in Australia.

Tiger Airways which may resume its domestic Australian operations later this week has removed Alice Springs, Darwin, Canberra, Cairns, Hobart, Mackay, Melbourne (Avalon), Rockhampton and Sunshine Coast from the drop down booking menus on its site.

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Canberrans no longer to ride the Tiger.
Erg0 7:55 am 08 Aug 11

JC said :

dungfungus said :

dvaey said :

There could have been a lot of positives if Tiger had stuck around long enough for the new airport. IMHO, whichever airline settles as Canberras first international carrier, will be set for a long time. I was hoping it would be a discount carrier like Tiger.

The next Ice Age will arrive before Canberra Airport becomes an autonomous international one but if you are flying international with most airlines from Sydney, Qantas will issue boarding passes at Canberra and take care of luggage from Canberra all the way to Europe or where-ever. All one has to do is take the transfer bus at Sydney domestic to the international terminal with hand luggage and through Customs then up, up and away. This is about as good as it gets. As far as I am aware, this can’t be done if you are flying Virgin from Canberra to Sydney.

Virgin has interlined (which is what you are talking about) with several carriers for a number of years and there is a transfer bus from the Virgin/Rex/Jetstar terminal to international. Not sure if it is free though.

It is. I’ve done Qantas to Qantas and Virgin to Delta transfers in Sydney and they were both followed pretty much the same procedure. That said, I had a negative experience transferring from Delta to Virgin on the way back (couldn’t get on the plane because they were checking people in manually and appeared not to know I was coming), so I’m planning to stick to Qantas for such transfers in the future.

JC 10:16 pm 07 Aug 11

dungfungus said :

dvaey said :

There could have been a lot of positives if Tiger had stuck around long enough for the new airport. IMHO, whichever airline settles as Canberras first international carrier, will be set for a long time. I was hoping it would be a discount carrier like Tiger.

The next Ice Age will arrive before Canberra Airport becomes an autonomous international one but if you are flying international with most airlines from Sydney, Qantas will issue boarding passes at Canberra and take care of luggage from Canberra all the way to Europe or where-ever. All one has to do is take the transfer bus at Sydney domestic to the international terminal with hand luggage and through Customs then up, up and away. This is about as good as it gets. As far as I am aware, this can’t be done if you are flying Virgin from Canberra to Sydney.

Virgin has interlined (which is what you are talking about) with several carriers for a number of years and there is a transfer bus from the Virgin/Rex/Jetstar terminal to international. Not sure if it is free though.

JC 10:14 pm 07 Aug 11

taninaus said :

So what is left? I thought Melbourne was their major base. Well I refused to fly them before as their idea of customer service is very different to mine, this just removes it as a desperate option.

Melbourne Tullamarine is their main base, not Melbourne Avalon. The latter should be called Geelong rather than Melbourne to alleviate any confusion as demonstrated by this post.

taninaus 9:35 pm 07 Aug 11

Dungfungas – Virgin offers this service so long as you book the domestic at the same time as the international so you are on one ticket – but this may end up with the domestic being a flexible fare not a discount one so weigh up the benefits.

ainm 7:21 pm 07 Aug 11

We’re booked to fly on Tiger Airways from Canberra in September, but booked a refundable fare on another airline just in case the Tiger flights didn’t work out. It seems that was the right thing to do.
It’s a real disappointment – Tiger have been great to us, and I loved the Tiger flights between CBR and ADL – perfect times, perfect price, and I never had any trouble. Alas, obvious the market wasn’t there. Hopefully they get their act together and return to Canberra some time in the future. If the CBR-MEL market post-Tiger is anything like CBR-ADL is, expect fares to increase quite significantly.

milkman 6:23 pm 07 Aug 11

Canberrans no longer to ride the tiger? Lucky He-Man doesn’t live here, then!

dungfungus 5:51 pm 07 Aug 11

dvaey said :

There could have been a lot of positives if Tiger had stuck around long enough for the new airport. IMHO, whichever airline settles as Canberras first international carrier, will be set for a long time. I was hoping it would be a discount carrier like Tiger.

The next Ice Age will arrive before Canberra Airport becomes an autonomous international one but if you are flying international with most airlines from Sydney, Qantas will issue boarding passes at Canberra and take care of luggage from Canberra all the way to Europe or where-ever. All one has to do is take the transfer bus at Sydney domestic to the international terminal with hand luggage and through Customs then up, up and away. This is about as good as it gets. As far as I am aware, this can’t be done if you are flying Virgin from Canberra to Sydney.

stahmo 5:04 pm 07 Aug 11

I’m schedule to fly Tiger from Canberra to Melbourne in the last week of August, and also noticed on 1st August that Canberra was not in the pop-up menu. Not sure whether I should book another airline now, or wait and hope they resume next week… their constant delays of when to resume is quite worrying.

Anyone else booked to fly froM Canberra and know whether existing Canberra flights are totally cancelled now?

Gungahlin Al 3:57 pm 07 Aug 11

JessP said :

Not a big loss. Not sure I would have been happy to book on Tiger for any flight that wasn’t leaving in the next 10 minutes (and even then only if I could see the plane on the tarmac waiting to go).

LOL!

Not even a small loss methinks.

JessP 2:32 pm 07 Aug 11

Not a big loss. Not sure I would have been happy to book on Tiger for any flight that wasn’t leaving in the next 10 minutes (and even then only if I could see the plane on the tarmac waiting to go).

dvaey 10:50 am 07 Aug 11

There could have been a lot of positives if Tiger had stuck around long enough for the new airport. IMHO, whichever airline settles as Canberras first international carrier, will be set for a long time. I was hoping it would be a discount carrier like Tiger.

Stevian 10:48 am 07 Aug 11

And there was I thinking the headline was a drug reference.

dungfungus 10:41 am 07 Aug 11

They have been spooked by more talk of the VFT competing with the airline industry.

taninaus 10:11 am 07 Aug 11

So what is left? I thought Melbourne was their major base. Well I refused to fly them before as their idea of customer service is very different to mine, this just removes it as a desperate option.

paperboy 10:04 am 07 Aug 11

That was always likely to be the case. It’s like starting up a new airline again. Begin with the most profitable route/s. They’d already announced a withdrawal from Avalon, so it makes sense to begin with Sydney, Melbourne (Tullamarine), Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and add at least some of the others when the demand increases

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