15 September 2017

Tigerair adds Brisbane to Canberra services with three flights a week

| Ian Bushnell
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Passengers disembark from plane

Passengers disembark from Tigerair’s inaugural Brisbane-Canberra flight. Photos: Ray Strange

Tigerair Australia has boosted its services from Canberra Airport with the launch today of new return flights to Brisbane, and from tomorrow an extra Melbourne flight.

Tigerair’s first flight from Brisbane was met today by local tourism and airport partners including ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Managing Director of Canberra Airport Stephen Byron.

The low-cost carrier will operate three weekly return services between Brisbane and Canberra on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with flights scheduled for a mid-morning departure from Brisbane (10.30 am), arriving in Canberra at 12.20 pm. They will depart Canberra at 1.05 pm and arrive back in Brisbane at 2.45 pm.

The airline will also be adding an additional weekly return service between Melbourne and Canberra on Fridays, taking the total number of Tigerair return services between Melbourne and the national capital to eight a week.

To celebrate the new services, a limited amount of fares (conditions apply) are being offered between Canberra and Brisbane from $69 each way and between Melbourne and Canberra from $49 each way.

Tigerair Australia Head of Communications Vanessa Regan said the airline’s new services were a win for consumers, the economy and tourism.

“With eight weekly return services from Melbourne and three from Brisbane, Tigerair Australia will be providing close to 4,000 seats weekly or over 200,000 seats annually through Canberra Airport,” she said.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr greets passengers from Brisbane at Canberra Airport.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said it was exciting to see this new service under way.

“Whether it’s seeing our national institutions or enjoying our world-class restaurants and cafes, visitors from Brisbane will find plenty to do here in Canberra. I hope to see many visitors from Brisbane in the nation’s capital via this new Tigerair service,” he said.

The Managing Director of Canberra Airport, Stephen Byron, said the new low-cost service would be greatly welcomed by travellers from Canberra and the wider South Eastern region.

“Tigerair’s expansion of its service to provide a direct link to and from Brisbane, combined with the increased services to Melbourne, will mean faster and cheaper access to both cities for tourists, budget and leisure travellers. This is a win-win for the economies of the ACT, Victoria and Queensland,” he said.

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said the importance of low-cost services connecting cities and states with direct flights could not be overestimated.

“Time and time again low cost carriers have proven the ability to grow demand and boost visitation across Australia, providing families with very affordable means of travel, and supporting tourism and business across the board,” she said.

“The launch of low fare flights between Brisbane and Canberra is another piece in the network puzzle that Tigerair has stepped up and filled and we commend the Tigerair team on its continuing commitment to making air travel very economical.”

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