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