New Tiger flights start price war

AIRFARES between Rockhampton and Brisbane are tipped to plummet after Tiger Airways yesterday announced a new service between the cities, with flights for $38.

The new service, which comes online from March 28 next year, is predicted to start a price war as the route becomes increasingly competitive among airlines.

However, it wasn’t all good news for Rockhampton flyers yesterday with council confirming it intends to have paid car-parking in place at the airport by the time Tiger ramps up services.

The new daily route will provide an extra 130,000 seats for Rockhampton each year, taking the total seat number close to the million mark.

Rockhampton councillor Graeme Brady, who chairs council’s business enterprise committee, said the city’s airport was going from strength to strength and was among the best performers in Australia.

Latest figures show 730,573 passengers used the airport in the past 12 months and annual growth for the council-owned facility is just below 5%.

Airlines have loading rates of about 75%.

Annually the airport puts $1.5million into City Hall coffers.

Mayor Brad Carter said the new service would make the market more competitive.

He said Tiger had given the region a vote of confidence and followed Virgin’s Rocky and Townsville service which started in April.

“I think this is a positive move that reflects the strong economic prospects of the region and is a vote of confidence in our well-managed airport business.”

Tiger Airways Australia managing director Shelley Roberts said the new route was great news.

“Earlier this month we announced we’d be flying to Brisbane from both Melbourne and Adelaide and today we’re thrilled to be providing Queenslanders with even more affordable travel options not only interstate around Australia, but now within the same state,” Ms Roberts said.

Tips to get cheap airfares:
  • If you can fly any time, pretend you’re a business traveller and think what flight you would get. Then stay away from these. Generally Fridays and Mondays are busy with business travellers as are daily flights between 6.30am and 9am and from 4pm to 8pm;
  • You can track the cheapest prices for the airlines on the internet; and
  • Book early, don’t leave getting your ticket to the last minute.

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