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Budget carrier Tiger Airways creates 90 new jobs nationally

Tiger Airways is creating 90 new jobs nationally, most at Melbourne Airport, in a sign the low-cost carrier’s Singapore parent remains committed to the Australian market.

Andrew David, Tiger’s chief executive in Australia, has revealed to BusinessDaily the budget airline is launching a recruitment drive.

Tiger is advertising for 60 positions based in Melbourne. They include about 50 jobs for cabin crew and pilots and five engineering jobs.

The revelation comes a day after Qantas announced a further 150 engineering jobs would go at Tullamarine.

By October, Tiger expects to have increased its flights to the level they were before the airline was temporarily grounded by aviation authorities last year.

The airline employs more than 300 people in Melbourne. There are about another 150 jobs in Sydney, where most of the other 30 recruits will be based.

Tiger’s move to hire more staff comes a year after the Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded its Australian operations for safety reasons. The airline lost $60 million in Australia.

Analysts were expecting an improvement in the carrier’s first-quarter profit figures, due to be released overnight in Singapore by Tiger chief Koay Peng Yen.

Mr David said the airline had improved its administration procedures since it was grounded, and Tiger was turning around its reputation for lateness.

The airline registered the best on-time performance for any carrier in Australia for the past 10 months.

He said Tiger had approval from CASA to boost its daily flight numbers from 44 to 64, which would surpass its pre-grounding figures.

Mr David said the competition would be intense as the Qantas group and Virgin Australia flooded the market with extra seats in a battle for supremacy, putting downward pressure on prices. Qantas owns budget carrier Jetstar.

Tiger flies to Sydney, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Perth, with Hobart flights due to begin in November.

Shares in Qantas yesterday climbed a further 0.5 per cent to $1.09, after surging almost 10 per cent on Thursday amid speculation the group was close to forging an alliance with Emirates.

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank the Herald Sun where this article first appeared.

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