Tiger takes off at Melbourne Airport
Nov 23, 2007
Tiger Airways Australia’s first flight departed from its home of Melbourne Airport this morning, signaling an exciting new era at Australia’s low-cost air travel hub.
Flight TT7402 to the Gold Coast departed at 0700 hours, followed shortly by flight TT7452 to Rockhampton at 0715 hours. Flight TT7515 to Mackay departs later today at 1205 hours.
Over the coming months, the airline will also bring on line flights between Melbourne and Adelaide, Alice Springs, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Perth and the Sunshine Coast.
Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said the airport had worked tirelessly to prepare for today’s launch, investing approximately $5m into Terminal 4 (T4); ensuring Tiger had a terminal built specifically to their needs and specifications.
“A little over 6 months ago we received a call from Tiger Airways about the fact that they were in the planning phases of a new Australian domestic carrier, and were looking for an Australian home,” said Mr Woodruff.
“After a tough battle between Australian cities Melbourne Airport was secured as Tiger Airways’ Australian home base. Since then we have, quite simply, pulled out all the stops to prepare for today’s first flight.”
“I congratulate the Tiger Airways team on their launch – and I have no doubt that Australia’s newest domestic airline will be a major success,” said Mr Woodruff.
Tiger Airways Group CEO Tony Davis said the airline was proud to call Melbourne Airport its home.
“We are excited about growing our business here at Melbourne Airport. From Day 1, the team at Melbourne Airport has supported our growth plans – and has been a key partner in helping us deliver our ‘real deal’ to Australians,” Mr Davis said.