Tigerair Australia has announced a new route connecting Hobart and Gold Coast, providing the only direct link between the two cities.
From 07-Dec-2017 Tigerair will operate four weekly return services between Tasmania and the Gold Coast on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. According to CAPA and OAG data, the direct Gold Coast-Hobart route has not been serviced since Oct-2013 when Jetstar cancelled the route.
The announcement also included an additional four return services on the existing Melbourne-Hobart route designed to meet growing demand. In total, sixteen additional return services will provide close to 3,000 additional visitor seats through Hobart Airport weekly from the launch date.
Tigerair Australia Acting CEO Peter Wilson, who flew into Hobart Airport this morning stated: “This is great news for Tasmanian tourism, for the local economy and most of all, for consumers. These new flights launching in December provide a welcome boost for tourism in both cities, covering the upcoming peak summer holiday travel period and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in Apr-2018.”
Hobart Airport Interim CEO Matt Cocker said the new route would help drive the thriving Tasmanian tourism industry and promote further economic growth in both states. Mr Cocker welcomed the new direct route stating: “New direct flights between Hobart and the Gold Coast, is another exciting step forward for Tasmania’s busiest gateway. With new routes and the runway extension project due for completion in Mar-2018, Hobart Airport continues to move strongly through an exciting transformation process.
Hobart Airport has just experienced its busiest year ever with over 2.4 million passengers travelling through the airport over the past 12 months, while Tourism Tasmania believes it is on track to achieve its target of 1.5 million visitors by 2020.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Chris Mills said the commencement of Hobart services boosted the Gold Coast’s connectivity to a growing tourist hotspot. Gold Coast Airport is currently in the midst of its 29,000sqm apron expansion project, known as Project LIFT which includes the development a new international terminal, additional aircraft parking stands and a consolidated ground transport facility.