The Victorian Coalition Government has today welcomed the creation of more than 70 new jobs at Tiger Airways' Melbourne base.
At Melbourne Airport today, Aviation Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said the Coalition Government had been working constructively with Tiger Airways to secure its fleet in Victoria.
"Tiger Airways is currently expanding its Melbourne operations to increase the number of flights to and from Melbourne," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
"The airline is currently filling close to 100 new positions, with more than 70 of those staff to be based at Melbourne Airport.
"The recruitment drive includes new captains, first officers, cabin crew, cabin managers, engineering staff and management," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Mr Rich-Phillips said it was a sign of confidence in Victoria that Tiger was looking to increase the number of flights in and out of Melbourne and put on more jobs at Tullamarine.
"Additional staff will give Tiger the capacity to offer more services, improving air connections to and from Melbourne," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
"Over the coming months, Tiger will commence more frequent services on existing popular services and is commencing new services between Melbourne and Hobart in November. Tiger is also keen to reinstate a number of other popular routes from Melbourne which will be announced in due course.
"The airline currently flies up to 44 daily services providing over 7,900 visitor seats daily and is ramping up services over the coming weeks to fly up to 64 daily services, providing over 11,500 visitor seats daily by October 2012.
"With seven of the airline's 10 Australian aircrafts based in Melbourne, the majority of the growth benefits will be through Melbourne Airport."
Mr Rich-Phillips said most of the new staff including pilots and cabin crew, would be trained in Melbourne, at the nearby Ansett Aviation Training facility.
"The Coalition Government will continue to work closely with the aviation industry which is worth more than $1 billion to Victoria and employs more than 20,000 people," Mr Rich-Phillips said.