More Tiger, less Vir­gin

Changes to Coffs–Syd­ney flights

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

IF YOU look up, soon you’ll start to see more “Tigers” than “Vir­gins” in the Coffs Coast skies.

The Vir­gin Aus­tralia Group has an­nounced it will be mak­ing some changes to its ser­vices on the Syd­ney-Coffs Har­bour route.

In De­cem­ber, Tig­erair Aus­tralia will be in­creas­ing its ser­vices from three a week to six a week, while Vir­gin Aus­tralia will be re­duc­ing its ser­vices from up to 13 a week to a daily flight, in re­sponse to cus­tomer de­mand.

“We have been closely mon­i­tor­ing this route and Tig­erair has iden­ti­fied an op­por­tu­nity to stim­u­late de­mand due to pro­jected pas­sen­ger growth in the low-cost air travel seg­ment,” a spokesper­son from the Vir­gin Aus­tralia Group said.

“This change will en­sure cus­tomers will con­tinue to have ac­cess to a di­verse of­fer­ing of flights.

“We will be pro-ac­tively com­mu­ni­cat­ing with af­fected Vir­gin Aus­tralia guests and reac­com­mo­dat­ing them on to al­ter­na­tive Vir­gin Aus­tralia flights.”

Tig­erair’s ser­vices will op­er­ate ev­ery day ex­cept Satur­day. Tig­erair’s new Wed­nes­day ser­vice will op­er­ate from Oc­to­ber 31 and the new Tues­day and Thurs­day ser­vices will be­gin op­er­a­tions in De­cem­ber.

Vir­gin Aus­tralia pre­vi­ously ser­viced the mar­ket with a dou­ble daily Em­braer ser­vice, yet as part of the Vir­gin Aus­tralia E190 fleet exit un­der the Vir­gin Aus­tralia Group’s broader fleet sim­pli­fi­ca­tion pro­gram, this saw the ex­ist­ing ser­vices re­placed with B737 ser­vices, yet cus­tomer de­mand has not been stim­u­lated.

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