Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority will file an application with the country’s Federal Court today (Thursday 7 July) to extend the grounding of Tiger Airways’ entire Australian domestic fleet. Following recent safety violations, CASA initially grounded Tiger’s Australian domestic flights from last weekend until 9 July, but it is now seeking an extension to the suspension period until 31 July 2011. The issue relates to alleged deficiencies in relation to Tiger’s training of pilots.
Tiger said it has now halted ticket sales for flights after 9 July, having been warned earlier this week that it could face fines if it sells tickets for flights it can’t guarantee will operate.
Tiger Airways Australia’s current CEO, Crawford Rix, will leave the airline on 31 July. He will be replaced by Tony Davis, the Group President & CEO of the airline’s parent company, Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd.