Budget airlines based in Australia:
Budget airlines operating in Australia:
Indonesia AirAsia X will start flights between Melbourne and Bali on March 18th, 2015 with two flights per week, increasing to five flights per week from May 1st, 2015.The airline has been granted approval to fly direct between Melbourne and Bali (Denpasar) by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
From May 1st, 2015, the direct flights will depart Melbourne Airport to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a total flight time of 6 hours and 10 minutes.
The Melbourne – Bali flights will be operated with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a seating capacity of 377 seats. The configuration will be as per AirAsia X’s configuration of 365 economy seats and 12 business class flat bed seats. [Read more…]
Jetstar Airways started non-stop flights between Phuket and Melbourne on December 14th. The direct flights between Phuket and Melbourne will operate every Saturday and Sunday with a third day to be introduced in April 2014.
The second Australian city to be joined to Phuket by direct flights will be Sydney, starting in February next year, when Jetstar will fly state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners between the two cities. [Read more…]
Virgin Australia airline has purchased a 60% stake in low-cost carrier Tiger Airways. The deal is said to be worth $35 million AUD.
The deal will allow Tiger Airways to expand its fleet and presence in Australia, where it was temporarily grounded in 2011 over safety concerns.
Commenting on the deal, Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti said: “By partnering with Tiger Airways, we can use our expertise to leverage Tiger Australia’s competitive cost base and build a sustainable budget carrier. While Virgin is taking a significant stake, Tiger will continue to operate under the Tiger Airways brand.”