Tigerair Australia will establish a third base in Brisbane, with operations to commence from March 2014 using two Airbus A320s.
The low-cost carrier says it will begin six times weekly Brisbane-Adelaide and daily Sydney-Adelaide services on 11 March. This will be followed by daily Brisbane-Cairns and Brisbane-Darwin services on 15 April.
The carrier also plans to raise frequencies on the Brisbane-Sydney, Sydney-Melbourne and Brisbane-Melbourne services from April.
Flightglobal’s FlightMaps Analytics shows that Tigerair Australia will compete with Jetstar Airways, Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia on the three new routes.
Tigerair Australia chief executive says that Brisbane has lagged behind other major airports in terms of budget travel options.
"Historically, budget travel has accounted for only 19% of Brisbane’s overall airport capacity, against 33% and 26% respectively in Melbourne and Sydney,” says Tigerair Australia’s chief executive Rob Sharp. “We are responding to this demand for budget travel. Our fares have been proven to stimulate markets and we strongly believe in the potential this new base presents.”
With the addition of the two A320s to be based in Brisbane, the airline's fleet size will expand from 11 to 13 aircraft. Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that it has a total of eight A320s on order.
Virgin Australia, which is a 60% shareholder in Tigerair Australia, also announced that it will retime its daily Brisbane-Darwin service from evening to daytime from 15 April. The carrier says that the retiming is part of a "network optimisation", but this is believed to be aimed at reducing competition with the new Tigerair service.