Tiger Airways Australia back in air


CANBERRA: Budget airline Tiger Airways Australia on Friday morning returned to the sky, after six weeks of grounding, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) lifted its suspension of the airline on Wednesday. But its return to the air comes with a new set of conditions imposed by CASA, including additional training for pilots, improved pilot rostering and fatigue management systems, and changes to Tiger’s safety

management system.

The first Tiger flight left Melbourne Airport for Sydney of Australia at 11.50am local time on Friday.

Tiger said the airline would now focus on reassuring Australian consumers that it regarded safety as its highest priority.

“The airline would like to reassure all Australians that safety underpins the operation at all times,” Tiger spokeswoman Vanessa Regan said in a statement on Friday.

“Tiger’s focus moving forward is on improving reliability as well as providing Australians with safe and affordable air travel. Tiger Airways is committed to a safe and viable long term future in Australia.”

CASA grounded the airline on July 1, citing concerns over pilot training, safety management and its overall safety systems. – Bernama