MELBOURNE: Singapore-owned low-cost carrier, Tiger Airways, will set up a second Australian base in Sydney as aviation regulators ease restrictions on the troubled airline.
Tiger Airways said it would have three Airbus A320 aircraft flying out of Sydney, adding about 3,600 seats a day in and out of the city's airport. These included new Sydney-Brisbane and Sydney-Gold Coast services, it said.
The base would also create 150 new jobs, it said in a statement Wednesday.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) grounded Tiger Airways' Australian fleet of 10 Airbus A320s on July 2, 2011, saying at the time it believed permitting the airline to continue flying posed a serious and imminent risk to air safety.
CASA cleared the airline to resume flying on Aug 2 last year. The airline is currently operating on a restricted schedule.
Tiger Airways Australian chief executive Andrew David said the expansion plans at Sydney signalled CASA's approval of the airline's 2012 business growth plan.
“The business goal is to have all 10 aircraft operating in Australia by the second half of 2012 and today's news proves we're on track,” he said in a statement.
Tiger Airways has not made a profit in Australia since starting operations in November 2007.
Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said the airline would, from July, fly up to 38 services a day from the harbour city, up from the current 10.
Before the grounding, Tiger Airways had bases at Melbourne's Tullamarine and Avalon airports, as well as Adelaide.
The South Australian government is seeking about A$2.5 million from Tiger Airways for breaking a contract to maintain a base in Adelaide. - BERNAMA