Hear the region roar
First direct Tigerair flight from Brisbane touches down
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.