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Noticed that there wasnt a thread on Tiger Airways so i decided to start one!!:)

Here's a list of Tigers current Australian destinations:

-Alice Springs
-Gold Coast
-Sunshine Coast

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Tiger ditches Avalon destinations
Danny Lannen | November 25th, 2010

TIGER Airways will axe flights to Alice Springs, Rockhampton and Mackay from Avalon Airport from February 7.

Airline chiefs said yesterday fuel costs for the long-haul routes were a factor in shifting them to Melbourne Airport amid several 2011 national schedule changes.

Confirmation comes three weeks after the budget carrier's Avalon launch and fractures Geelong Otway Tourism's ideal of linking Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Ocean Road.

Tiger chiefs said the loss of the flights would be offset by the introduction of new and more frequent Canberra and Brisbane flights on February 7, meaning the airline would maintain the same departure frequency from Avalon.

Communications chief Vanessa Regan said Tiger had focused on shorter-haul flights from Avalon and would continually review and adapt its scheduling.

"A major contributing factor for moving the services was that we were unable to achieve the low cost base we had hoped for due to the fuel transport issue," Ms Regan said.

"It's a commercial reality that we will continually review our network and periodically make changes in order to optimise the network to facilitate our growth plans."

Avalon Airport chief executive Justin Giddings said last night the destinations had been performing strongly and losing them was disappointing.

Reducing fuel supply costs was his top priority.

The airport buys its fuel from neighbouring Shell Geelong refinery but it travels via a pipeline running through the airport to Newport before being freighted back at cost loading of seven or more cents a litre.

The extra cost is passed on to airlines and airport owner Linfox is fighting for a new $12 million fuel line direct from the refinery to Avalon.

The State Coalition has pledged $3 million to help make it a reality if elected on Saturday and Mr Giddings is seeking bipartisan support.

"Definitely we want to be the leisure place, we really need to get to the Whitsundays and central Australia, we've lost them for now but hopefully we can resolve this issue and get them back," Mr Giddings said.
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