MELBOURNE will be home to Tigerair for at minimum the next decade after the budget airline minted a deal to lease a new base at Tullamarine.
Tigerair’s new Australian mind office at Melbourne Airport terminal will have capacity for 130 staff as well as specialist training facilities for pilots and log cabin crew.
Tigerair will base its key executive and management team there from May, including staff in safety, customer service, flight functions and engineering.
Inside South Centre Road, the offices are near the BAE hangar where Tigerair’s aircraft base maintenance takes place. The airline, which is moving from another Tullamarine site, has leased its new home for 10 years from mother or father Virgin Australia.
Tigerair Quotes chief Rob Sharp said the carrier was proud to call Tullamarine home and was “committed to Victoria for the long haul”.
“Victoria is of critical importance to Tigerair Australia, ” Mr Sharp said.
“With near 75 per cent of all our services touching down at Melbourne Airport, it’s important that Tigerair’s management team remains near to the procedure of our most significant Australian base. ”
Virgin expects to complete a full buyout of Tigerair Sydney by the end of the year. It bought 60 per cent of the airline for thirty-five dollars million a year ago and has the green light from the Foreign Investment Review Board to buy the remaining stake for just $1.
Mr Sharp said Virgin’s ownership of the buildings meant the Tigerair could benefit from cost efficiencies with its father or mother.
Minister for Aviation Gordon Rich-Phillips announced the new headquarters, saying the airport terminal was a growing employment center where businesses were prepared to get.
“Tigerair’s ongoing commitment to Victoria with this move… will allow it to consolidate airport facilities, carry on and build its Aussie businesses and support their home base here in Victoria, ” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“This is great news for -Victoria. inches
Separately, Regional Express leader John Sharp told traders at the group’s total annual meeting yesterday that the regional carrier was well positioned for an economic recovery in the economy, “when that -happens”.
Passenger amounts had stopped declining and fuel prices were low, Mr Sharp said.