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Up, up and away! An additional 110,000 visitor seats annually through Whitsunday Coast Airport injecting more than $80 million in region has Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox flying high.
Tigerair Australia has today announced a new partnership with Whitsunday Coast Airport and from March 2017, Tigerair Australia will be flying four weekly return services between Whitsunday Coast and Brisbane Airports and adding two extra services to boost their Whitsunday Coast-Sydney direct route to fly six weekly return services also in March 2017.
A jubilant Mayor Willcox said the council owned Whitsunday Coast Airport had developed a strong working relationship with Tigerair Australia.
“I congratulate CEO Rob Sharp and the Tigerair Australia team on today’s announcement and I know that our community looks forward to supporting these new flights.
“Recent statistics have measured the average spend per visitor is $235 per day and the average length of stay is six nights so opening up connectivity to our region to an additional 55,000 visitors is a massive boost to the local economy.
“The Route Development Working Group which I chair has been working hard on expanding domestic connectivity and new our new airport GM Ben Jones has been kicking goals.
“That is real bums in beds and real money being spent in local businesses,” Mayor Willcox said.
Tigerair Australia Commercial Director Adam Rowe said they were thrilled to work closely with tourism and airport partners to continue to grow our services to Whitsunday Coast Airport in response to consumer demand.
“We have been running our existing services between Sydney and Whitsunday Coast Airport since April 2014 and the support for these services has justified Tigerair adding two additional return services to total six weekly return services.
“We’re confident the new Brisbane – Whitsunday Coast route will prove popular with our core leisure, budget and adventure travel market providing four weekly return services from 23 March 2017 and providing an additional 2,160 visitor seats weekly through Whitsunday Coast Airport,” he said.
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner applauded the increased services as a positive step forward for the region as a peak tourism destination.
“Improving connectivity to our region is key to making it as easy as possible for people to holiday and visit the Whitsundays.
“TW has leveraged from this opportunity by establishing a three way partnership with Brisbane Airport Corporation and Tigerair Australia to launch a $30,000 digital and billboard marketing campaign to support the new service.”
To celebrate today’s announcement, Tigerair has released a special ‘Showtime in Brisvegas’ sale, with one way fares available on the new route between Brisbane and Whitsunday Coast from $49 at tigerair.com.au from 1.00pm AEDT today.
Fares between Brisbane and Whitsundays will also be regularly available from $79.