Tigerair will fly from Canberra to Brisbane and back three times a week from September 14, and is issuing a limited number of $10 one way fares for services on that day at noon today to mark the route launch. The airline has also announced today that it will add an eighth Melbourne to Canberra service, to operate on a Friday from September 15.
The three weekly Brisbane-Canberra return services will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from September 14 this year. Services are scheduled for a mid-morning departure from Brisbane and a lunchtime departure from Canberra (though the airline notes scheduling is subject to change).
From September 15, an additional weekly return service between Melbourne and Canberra on Fridays will take the number of Tigerair return services between Melbourne and Canberra to eight per week.
A limited number of $10 Brisbane-Canberra/Canberra-Brisbane fares for September 14 will be available via tigerair.com.au from midday today (Friday, May 26) until AEST 11.59pm tomorrow (Saturday, May 27) unless they’re sold out in the interim (see terms and conditions below).
Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp said the additional low cost flights announced today were in direct response to overwhelming consumer demand following Tiger’s return to the ACT last December.
“Canberrans have truly embraced Tigerair’s great value fares and friendly service,” Mr Sharp said.
“We have had a fantastic customer response to our Melbourne Canberra services since we launched them in December last year.
“With eight weekly return services from Melbourne and three from Brisbane, Tigerair Australia will be providing close to 4,000 seats weekly through Canberra Airport or over 200,000 seats annually to the doorstep of the nation’s capital city.”
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, pictured above with Mr Sharp and Canberra Airport MD Stephen Byron late last year, said he looked forward to welcoming more visitors from Queensland to the capital.
“Tigerair flights between Brisbane and Canberra comes off the back of record domestic visitors to the capital last year – and [are] a sign of the growing status of Canberra as a tourism destination,” Mr Barr said.
Meanwhile, Canberra Airport chairman Terry Snow has moved from 84th to 59th position on the Financial Review Rich List. The 2017 list of the nation’s 200 wealthiest people was released today, and indicates that Mr Snow’s worth has risen from $685 million to over $1 billion.
The editor of the Rich List, John Stensholt, told The Canberra Times that previous rich lists had under-valued the airport and surrounding precinct, which was now worth around $2.6 million. Mr Snow bought the airport from the Federal Government in 1998 for $65 million.
* All fares are subject to availability and may vary until ticketed. Prices are based on a one way economy Light Fare. Light Fares are per person in AUD and include GST. Payments made with credit or debit cards are subject to a card payment fee of between 0.86% and 1.33% per booking. Payments made with interest free will attract a booking and service fee which is detailed at point of purchase. Fares are non-refundable. Bookings may be changed by paying the fee and any applicable fare difference in accordance with our conditions of carriage, as published on our website on the day you request your change. For Light Fares, additional charges apply for optional extras such as checked-in baggage travel insurance and reserved seat selection. Other conditions apply. Go to www.tigerair.com.au for full terms and conditions. Buy between AEST midday Friday 26 May until AEST 11.59PM Saturday 27 May, or until seats sell out.