Napthine Government welcomes Tigerair’s long-term commitment to Victoria

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Coalition Government welcomes new Tigerair facility and long-term commitment to basing Australian headquarters in Victoria

Long-term lease on new facility with capability to support 130 head office staff and scope for future growth

Tigerair committed to Victoria for long haul

Minister for Aviation Gordon Rich-Phillips has today officially announced that Tigerair’s new Australian headquarters will be at Melbourne Airport.
“Tigerair’s ongoing commitment to Victoria with this move into a permanent home at Melbourne Airport will enable it to consolidate airport facilities, continue to build its Australian operations and support its home base here in Victoria,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“This is great news for Victoria, with the new facility capable of supporting 130 head office staff, boasting specialist training facilities for pilot and cabin crew and providing scope for future growth.
The Coalition Government has been very pleased to assist Tigerair and other aviation businesses that are similarly keen to invest and grow in Victoria.
"Today's announcement also comes on the back of the release of Melbourne Airport's October 2014 passenger traffic results that hit a new monthly record of nearly 2.9 million domestic and international passengers.
“Melbourne Airport is a leading passenger terminal and growing employment hub, a place where businesses are willing to invest,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Tigerair will base its key executive and management team at the new site from May 2015, including head office staff working in areas such as commercial, operations, safety and security, finance, human resources, customer service, engineering, flight operations and inflight services.
The new offices at Gate 26 South Centre Road, Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine), comprise twin two-story buildings connected by a walkway located on the first floor. These buildings are located next to the Virgin Australia aircraft maintenance hangars on the Virgin Australia Jetbase - close to the BAE hangar where all of Tigerair’s aircraft base maintenance takes place.
Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp says the airline is proud to call Tullamarine home and is committed to Victoria for the long haul.
“Victoria is of critical importance to Tigerair Australia and, with close to 75 per cent of all our services touching down at Melbourne Airport, it is important that Tigerair’s management team remains close to the operation of our largest Australian base to optimise efficiencies and enhance employee engagement and collaboration.”
Since Tigerair entered the Australian market seven years ago it has focused on building a national network from its Melbourne home base. The airline commenced operations in November 2007 with 85 staff employed in Victoria and two brand new A320 aircraft. Today, the airline employs more than 500 staff in Victoria and around 1,000 people directly and indirectly across Australia, with a fleet of 13 A320 aircraft, seven of which are based in Victoria.
“The Tigerair team is very much looking forward to the opening of the new domestic terminal at Melbourne Airport next year. This will significantly enhance both customer experience and the airline’s operational efficiencies,” said Mr Sharp.  

Media contact: Andrew Drever  0409 580 996 andrew.drever@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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