TIGER Airways has pulled out of Darwin again (Australia)

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  1. Chimpy
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    Chimpy Gold Member

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    It looks like they have gone for good this time.
    Not sure if this is the right place for this thread but here goes,

    The budget airline returned to Darwin last June - with a taxpayer funded subsidy - promising to be here for the "long haul."

    But Tiger Airways spokeswoman Vanessa Regan said flights will be suspended indefinitely due to lack of demand and seasonability.

    "We had a recent review of the network, as all airlines do, and it showed we haven't got the right level of demand," she said.

    The NT News reported in November that the Darwin-Melbourne flights would be cancelled for seven weeks between February and March due to poor demand. The flights were expected to resume between the peak season of March 31 and October 31.

    But the budget airline has now cancelled all flights and passengers have been issued with a refund. Less than a year ago, the Territory Government paid a subsidy to lure the airline back. Tourism Minister Malarndirri McCarthy's spokeswoman Ursula Raymond said the agreement still applied because Tiger Airways still flies to the Territory.

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    Thanks for the update. They did fly from Rockhampton to Melbourne direct at one stage, but that was also dropped.They seem very aware of their break-even point and won't stay below it for long.

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