Tiger expands its paw print to Brisbane

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe today welcomed Tiger Airways to Brisbane, saying Tiger’s services from Brisbane to Melbourne, Adelaide and Rockhampton are a win for passengers and tourism in Queensland.

“A fierce competitor like Tiger brings choice, diversity and competition, which ultimately means lower airfares for passengers and more visitors for Queensland,” Ms Alroe said.

“Tiger’s decision to add Brisbane to its already expansive network indicates their confidence in the region as a hub for tourism and business, and is good news for domestic tourism. Tiger will arrive in Brisbane time to take advantage of Brisbane Airport’s new and improved road network, offering greater capacity and better connections to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, cementing Brisbane Airport position as Queensland’s gateway airport,” Ms Alroe said.

Tiger’s new services continues the growth in Brisbane’s passenger numbers over recent months, and comes on top of news that Brisbane has been ranked best in Australia and 18th in the world in the Skytrax 2010 Airport rankings. Earlier this month, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ranked Brisbane as Australia’s most efficient airport.

Ms Alroe said: “These achievements are recognition for the thousands of people who work every day to make Brisbane Airport an efficient and passenger-friendly airport,” Ms Alroe said.“Brisbane Airport consists of 320 businesses and 17,000 airport workers who ensure our Airport operates 24 hours a day at a world class standard. To be the only Australian airport listed in the top 25 is very pleasing, as these awards are voted by the best judges of all - the public.

“Travellers are responding positively to our new International Terminal and the dramatic impact that Moreton Drive has had on access to Brisbane Airport. These are the sort of critical investments that we will continue to make to keep Brisbane Airport ahead of capacity demand.”

On top of the awards, more than one million passengers flew through Brisbane Airport’s domestic terminal in February - a record month that capped an overall 4.2% growth in total passenger numbers compared to the same time in 2009. The 4.9% increase in domestic passengers in February comes on top of more than 300,000 flyers using the new International Terminal, a 2.2% increase on 2009.

“The increase in competition and capacity will ensure Brisbane Airport is capable of keeping up with demand while also providing variety, choice and competition. We look forward to working with Tiger Airways to grow the network and develop new opportunities for the airline to ensure a strong and sustainable future,” Ms Alroe said.

NOTE: Tiger is located in the Common User Area of the Domestic Terminal building (near Jetstar).