Tiger Airways Australia resumes operations

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Tiger Airways Australia has resumed operations with a flight between Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and Sydney.

This follows the reinstatement of its air operator's certificate by Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) early this week after a six-week grounding on safety concerns.

Tiger has cut its Australian fleet to eight Airbus A320s from 10 and consolidated its operations to Melbourne in order to focus on rebuilding its business in the country.

"Going forward, the priority is to regain confidence," said Tony Davis, CEO of Tiger Airways Australia, according to local media reports.

"The early indications are that we are doing that, the sales are very strong, the forward bookings are coming in now and really building that foundation for solid growth.

"We've downsized the business in the short term, we've consolidated all the operations to Tullamarine - that makes it easier as the aircraft are all in the one place. What we're trying to do is build the processes and procedures to enable us to grow."

CASA said it is satisfied with Tiger's moves to rectify its safety record, but it reiterated early this week that Tiger must continue to satisfy several conditions in order to continue its operations. These pertain to the way its pilots are trained and deployed, in particular.