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Tiger Airways to set up Australian headquarters in Melbourne

Tiger Airways to set up Australian headquarters in Melbourne

Singapore budget airline Tiger Airways announced Thursday that it would base the headquarters for its Australian subsidiary at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.
"(Melbourne) presented the best opportunity for the successful launch of Australia's first truly 'Low Fare" Airline,'" Tiger CEO Tony Davis said in a statement.
Tiger, which already flies routes from Singapore to Darwin and Perth, aims to start domestic routes by the end of 2007 in what it says is an effort to end the airline duopoly in Australia and bring competition to the market. Currently, only Australian national carrier Qantas and its rival, Virgin Blue, fly domestically.
Analysts say this move will likely lead to a tough competition fight, including aggressive ticket price-cutting.
Tiger Airways Australia expects to carry around 2 million passengers in its first year on its fleet of five new Airbus A320s, and provide over 1,000 jobs, the statement said.
"The Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) process is on track and we are now talking to a variety of cities about destination opportunities so that we can start planning our route network," Davis said. "We've also started talking to a number of cities about the opportunities for locating a second base in Australia."
Tiger is 49 percent owned by national carrier Singapore Airlines and 11 percent owned by state-owned investment company Temasek Holdings.


Updated : 2021-07-27 08:20 GMT+08:00