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Tiger takes flight to fight battle over Coffs Coast skies

Cade Mooney

THE skies over Coffs Harbour are set to become a battleground with a fourth carrier to soon be vying for business and tourist passengers.

It is expected that Tiger Airways will this weekend announce it will start flying between Coffs Harbour and Sydney.
Local MP Andrew Fraser said he was looking forward to the official announcement.

"This is great news for the Coffs Coast," Mr Fraser said.

"Tiger will deliver a slew of new visitors to the region which will prove a real boost to the local tourisim sector.

"The airlines presence should also make the route much more competitive.

It's believed the discount carrier will fly the route four days a week, and will add a fifth flight from late March to potentially move 1800 people each week between the destinations.

Subject to regulatory approval the Tiger schedule is for departures from Sydney at 12.40pm and returns from Coffs Harbour at 2.30pm.

The flights are set to begin on February 6, meaning Tiger, Qantas and Virgin will all be competing on the Sydney Coffs Harbour route.

Mr Fraser said Coffs Harbour will be the first destination in regional NSW for the discount carrier, and as such is set to get an immediate boost from the domestic and inbound tourist markets.

Tiger Airways is expected to announce that it's flights between Sydney and Coffs Harbour will go on sale from 9pm on Monday, November 26, for travel from February 6 onwards.

Topics:  coffs harbour airport, tiger airlines



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