Tiger Airways resumes limited Australian service

Added by on August 11, 2011

Passengers board a Tiger Airways flight

Passengers board a Tiger Airways flight

Tiger Airways announced on Wednesday that Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has given them the green light to resume operations in Australia.

Tiger Airways said in a statement on its web site that it will resume limited operations beginning Friday August 12. The airline will resume flights between Tullamarine/Melbourne Airport and Sydney, with other routes to be announced soon.

The airline, a subsidiary of a Singapore-based company, was suspended by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority on July 2 2011 for a number of safety issues. The suspension was prompted after an incident with a Tiger Airways flight landing at Avalon Airport, Melbourne’s second busiest airport. The Tiger Airways Airbus A320 flew below the lowest safe altitude as it was landing; the flight subsequently landed safely and no injuries were reported.

The suspension was initially expected to last for only a week, but was extended until August 1 by a Federal Court amid questions about the airline’s training program and safety procedures, raised as a result of Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s investigation.

The resumption of flights carries conditions that limit the number of daily flights to 18 and requires the airline to revamp its pilots’ schedules, operation manuals, and pilot training.

Tiger Airways said it has reduced its Australian fleet to eight A-320 airbuses, down from ten, and has streamlined its operations by closing the crew base at Adelaide Airport.

Tiger Airways posted a US$ 17m loss in its first quarter.