Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE long-awaited Tig­erair flights from Bris­bane to the Whit­sun­days be­gin today.

Tig­erair now of­fers six weekly re­turn ser­vices from Syd­ney and four re­turn flights from Bris­bane.

This re­sults in an ad­di­tional 55,000 vis­i­tor seats in and out of the Whit­sun­day air­port an­nu­ally.

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Craig Turner said this mile­stone would go a long way to­wards the re­gion reach­ing its full po­ten­tial.

“While the Whit­sun­days has al­ways been as­pi­ra­tional, one of the bar­ri­ers to con­vert­ing this into visi­ta­tion has been the chal­lenges around ways to get here and the con­ve­nience of flights,” he said.

“The Whit­sun­days is in a very strong po­si­tion and the ad­di­tion of these flights will al­low us to con­tinue to ful­fil the mas­sive po­ten­tial that the Whit­sun­days has.”

Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox said Tig­erair’s com­mit­ment meant “happy days” ahead. “More choice and avail­abil­ity of flights makes it eas­ier for international tourists to visit our re­gion,” he said.

Cus­tomers can check Tig­erair Whit­sun­day and Bris­bane flight pric­ing with flights reg­u­larly avail­able from $79.

New Tig­erair flights to the Whit­sun­days land today.

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