Tiger Airways to establish second base at Sydney in July

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Tiger Airways Australia, a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, plans to establish a second Australian base in Sydney from July.

The airlines' three Airbus A320 aircraft will be progressively based in Sydney from 1 July, which will create over 150 new jobs and provide up to 10 additional daily return services through Sydney airport.

Tiger Airways CEO Andrew David says: "We are continuing with our future Australian expansion as planned. The business goal was to have all 10 aircraft operating in Australia by second half of 2012 and today's news proves we're on track."

"An 11th aircraft will be deployed to Australia by August 2012 and further network developments will be announced in due course," David says.

Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather says: "We are delighted that Tiger is setting up a base in Sydney and will operate up to 38 services a day in and out of Sydney, compared with 18 currently."

"Low cost carriers are driving growth in aviation right now and Tiger adding 3,600 seats to its Sydney schedule - including a new Sydney-Brisbane route - means there will be more competition and more choice on key corridors," Mather adds.

In addition, the airline announced a proposal to become the official airline for Sydney's Wests Tigers NRL team for the 2012 season.