9 December 2015 Tigerair Links Coffs and Melbourne

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The first flight of the new Tigerair Coffs to Melbourne return route arrived today at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.

 

“This brand new route for Tigerair will add another 56,000 seats a year to the direct Melbourne-Coffs link, which will bring significant numbers of visitors to the Coffs Coast region – with the potential to hugely increase the local tourist and wider economy,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.

 

“In addition, having a low-cost carrier on the Melbourne route will allow us to compete at last with other popular holiday destinations in south-east Queensland. We’ve already seen the growth that similar services have brought to areas like the Sunshine Coast and Ballina/Byron.

 

“But the new schedule doesn’t just benefit the holiday market, it will also suit other sectors of the market including business and conferences.

 

“The Melbourne market provides enormous economic possibilities for this region and Council is looking forward to working with Tigerair to maximise the success of the route.”

 

The three weekly return services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Services will depart Melbourne at 9.05am Mondays and Wednesdays and at 08.45am on Fridays. They will fly from Coffs Harbour at 11.25am and 11.05am respectively.

 

To celebrate the first flight, a vintage Tiger Moth plane took pride of place in a static display on the airport apron to welcome Tigerair’s A320 Airbus to Coffs Harbour.

 

The Tiger Moth was joined by state-of-the-art emergency vehicles provided by Airservices Australia’s aviation rescue team, which is based at the airport.

 

The displays were part of Open Day activities for local school students put on by the airport to mark the new route.