In a move which will provide a major boost to the tourism sector of the Sunshine Coast, Tiger Airways have decided to resume service to and from Melbourne just in time for Easter. Speaking on the occasion, Veronica Rainbird, Marketing and Brand Director for Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) mentioned that this is great news for the region. Tiger Airways are resuming service after a gap of almost two years.
The Airways will be re-starting their Sunshine Coast – Melbourne service on March 27 just in time for the Easter school holidays. This will needless to mention augment the total carrying capacity for airlines servicing this sector during the holidays. The Sunshine Coast has had an excellent Christmas – New Year season and by the look of things is going to have yet another great time during the Easter school break.
Ms. Rainbird also added that a lot of hard work and patient diplomacy has resulted in the return of the popular Airways back to this sector. Special thanks goes out to the SCDL, the airport management and of course the Queensland Government who have worked through the Tourism and Events Queensland program to make this possible.
Also speaking on the occasion, Airport General Manager Peter Pallot mentioned that the service will resume with initially four flights a week. These will be on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week. This will be slowly increased to one daily flight by June. The total impact of this will be an increased carrying capacity for the sector by 130,000 seats annually. Tiger Airways was a very popular service earlier and he feels it will retake that spot once it resumes full service.
The onward flight from Melbourne will depart at 9.05am (AEDT) arriving at the Sunshine Coast at 11.20 AM (local time). The return flight is scheduled for departure at 11.50am (local time) arriving at Melbourne at 2.15pm (AEDT).
Carly Brear, Commercial Director, Tiger Airways Australia mentioned that the reintroduction of their service is not only a great news for the local tourism business but also a significant step forward for the company and a matter of great convenience for the people of the two areas. She is confident that people in general are going to be appreciative of the fact that they are bringing their low fare and prompt service package to more markets in Australia.
To commemorate the occasion Tiger has announced a special early bird discounted price of $49.95 each-way for the Melbourne – Sunshine Coast sector for travels during April or May. The offer will be valid for all bookings made between today and midnight of February 2012.