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Tiger Airways Grounded In Australia Over Risk To Air Safety

Tiger Airlines domestic flights grounded in Australia til 9July

Tiger Airlines domestic flights grounded in Australia til 9July due to safety concerns, CASA says.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority, CASA, has grounded Tiger Airways in Australia until at least 9th July over concerns it has over safety and maintenance concerns. This is the first time that a whole fleet has been barred from flying by the CASA, and it may force the airline out of business in Australia altogether.

This means that all 10 of Tiger’s Airbus A320 jets are grounded, which comes at the start of the school holiday period, always a busy travel time. As a result 35,000 people who were booked on Tiger flights this week are now scrambling to find alternate arrangements. But even thought the flights are only stopped until July 9th, the aviation regulator may request this to be extended by seeking permission from the Federal Court, as their own authority only permits them to issue a 5 day ban.

Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. (TGR),is a  budget carrier based in Singapore, and has had financial troubles recently as well as poor performance.It began to run domestic flights in Australia in the November of 2007, keeping costs down by charging extra for things like food, and reserved seating.

The disruption comes after Australian flights have already been disrupted because of the volcanic ash from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile.

Also the engineers for Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AU) have now cancelled their planned strike for next week, so that all their flights will operate as scheduled. A spokesman for the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association said that “It’s a unique event the suspension of Tiger so the decision was taken the fact that passengers would need to be carried throughout the week and that all the other airlines would need to be operating at capacity.” This association is concerned about the amount of work which is being carried out by providers and contractors from overseas, and has concerns about safety checks being performed by union members.

Some airlines are offering passengers who have Tiger troubles discounted airfares, and Tiger itself is offering refunds to those whose flights have been grounded this week. However, it should be noted that the ban on flights applies only to Tiger’s domestic flights. Its international flights are operated separately and are still flying.

As travelers should know by now, it is always a good idea to check with your airline ahead of travel day, as well as on the day itself to see if anything has changed that you need top be aware of before heading to the airport..

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