Wednesday, November 30

Tiger Airways suspension case to go before court next week

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MELBOURNE: Singapore-owned Tiger Airways Australia will not know until next week, when it will be flying again.

Its month-long suspension by the air safety regulator runs until August 1 but has to be signed off by the Federal Court, with a hearing now scheduled for next Thursday.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) grounded all of Tiger’s domestic flights on July 1 and then extended the initial week-long suspension until Aug 1 while it investigated safety concerns.

The Australian Associated Press said a directions hearing scheduled for today in the Federal Court in Melbourne was adjourned until next Thursday.

The airline said its flights would, by virtue of the adjournment, remain suspended until at least Thursday.

Tiger said it was in talks with CASA about the suspension and saw no use in having a hearing on Friday while these continued.

CASA said it did not oppose the adjournment sought by Tiger.

A CASA spokesman said the regulator was still aiming to complete its investigations by Aug 1. – Bernama