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Tigerair clips its wings after 13 years in service amid coronavirus pandemic

Tiger Airways Australia (Tigerair) has ceased operations after its parent company Virgin Australia decided to finally shut the brand. Tigerair has been operating for 13 years but had to cease operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Virgin Australia however said that it will retain the air operator certificate so it could revive Tigerair when domestic travel has fully recovered.

In a report from ABC Australia, Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scurrah said the airline had to shrink to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Scurrah estimated it could take more than three years for demand domestic and short-haul international flights to return to previous levels.

Tigerair Australia first flew in 2007 flying from Melbourne to Gold Coast. The airline has flown 30 million since.

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