Tiger Airways has been given the green light to recommence flights in Australia, following its 40-day grounding. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) has decided not to apply for an extension Tiger’s suspension, and as such the airline’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) has been reinstated.
The low-cost carrier’s Australian domestic operations have been grounded since 2 July 2011, when CASA accused the airline of breaching safety regulations by flying under the permitted altitude. The suspension of services was then extended from its original seven days to the end of July.
CASA has imposed certain conditions on the AOC being reinstated, limiting Tiger to flying 18 sectors per day in August 2011. This may be raised next month, subject to CASA approval, but for now Tiger will only resume services on the route between Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport and Sydney. Flights will recommence from Friday 12 August.
As a result of the reduced services, Tiger’s Australian fleet will be cut from 10 to eight Airbus A320 aircraft, with two planes being redeployed to Singapore. Tiger also said that it will close its Adelaide airport crew base, and has temporarily suspended operations at Melbourne’s Avalon airport. All Tiger staff currently working at Adelaide and Avalon will be offered redeployment to Tullamarine.
In a statement released yesterday, Tiger said it remains “committed to a safe, viable and long term future in Australia”.