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Mackay-Cairns Benefits From Tiger Expansion

Tiger Airways Australia has announced new direct services between Melbourne and Mackay commencing from mid-December.

The airline has also confirmed an extension of return services between Melbourne and Cairns through the summer season, due to popular demand.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from all around Australia on our online voting poll which has been running for the past five weeks,” said Tiger Airways Australia CEO Andrew David. “However the most overwhelming demand has been for Tiger’s return to Mackay, currently in the top spot as the most voted for destination. As an airline that evolves based on demand, we’re thrilled to be confirming our return to the region with four weekly return services providing over 1400 seats weekly through Mackay airport,” said Mr David.

“Mackay is among Australia’s fastest growing regions, it is a key tourism destination in its own right and a fantastic gateway to the Whitsundays. We have also witnessed a strong demand for great value fares year round from the fly in, fly out (mining) sector. As the only low fare operator providing direct services, we’re confident that our new regular services between Melbourne and Mackay will prove popular.”

Mackay Airport general manager, Rob Porter, welcomes the return of Tiger to Mackay on the popular Melbourne route. “These flights open up new possibilities for holidays and business trips for the local community, and offer more travel options for fly-in fly-out workers in the Central Queensland resources sector.” Mr Porter said. “The new services also offer people from Victoria the opportunity to experience the natural tropical beauty of Mackay and the Whitsundays and the many other tourism attractions on offer in the region. Thanks to everyone who let Tiger know we wanted them back by registering their online vote for Mackay.”

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