Hear the re­gion roar

First di­rect Tig­erair flight from Bris­bane touches down

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

IT MAY have poured with rain, but not even the wet weather could put a damper on Tig­erair’s first di­rect flight from Bris­bane land­ing in the Whit­sun­days.

As of last Thurs­day, Tig­erair will op­er­ate four weekly re­turn ser­vices be­tween Bris­bane and the Whit­sun­day Coast, with the in­au­gu­ral ser­vice be­tween the two des­ti­na­tions de­part­ing Bris­bane Ai­port at 7.30am and ar­riv­ing into the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port at 9.10am on the day.

Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Tig­erair Vanessa Re­gan said it was a “great day” for Tig­erair, tourism in the Whit­sun­days and con­sumers.

“We’ve achieved our first ever four weekly ser­vices be­tween Bris­bane and the Whit­sun­day Air­port de­liv­er­ing up to 80,000 visi­tor seats an­nu­ally,” she said.

“We’re launch­ing two ad­di­tional ser­vices to Syd­ney this week as well (so) in to­tal, by the end of the week, close to 200,000 visi­tor seats will come through this air­port an­nu­ally.”

The new Bris­baneWhit­sun­day Coast ser­vices are be­ing fa­cil­i­tated by an ad­di­tional (third) A320 air­craft, which ar­rived overnight and will be based in Bris­bane, cre­at­ing an ad­di­tional 50 Bris­bane based jobs in the form of cabin crew, pi­lots and ground staff.

Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox said the flights would greatly benefit the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

“It means in­creased restau­rant visi­ta­tion, more ac­com­mo­da­tion (and) a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Statis­tics show that $235 a day is spent in our re­gion.

“With an ad­di­tional 80,000 seats com­ing to our re­gion, that is an ab­so­lute boom for our econ­omy so we re­ally thank Tig­erair for that.”

Tig­erair, with the sup­port from Whit­sun­day Regional Coun­cil, pro­vided five fam­i­lies with a free overnight trip to Bris­bane on the first flight from Whit­sun­day Coast to Bris­bane, with ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­fers, and a day of sight­see­ing on top of the SkyPoint Ob­ser­va­tion Deck on the Gold Coast in­cluded.

WEL­COME: CEO of Tourism Whit­sun­days Craig Turner and Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox wel­com­ing the first di­rect Tig­erair flight from Bris­bane.

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