I went bananas on Tiger Airways to Coffs Harbour. Tiger has just launched its inaugural flight from Sydney to banana-growing capital Coffs and Taste for Travel was lucky enough to go along for the ride. Joined by NSW’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events George Souis, local MP Andrew Fraser, the Tiger Airways mascot and a handful of VIPs, we boarded the flight with bananas in hand, eager to escape to the calmer pace of Coffs Harbour, 540km north of hustling Sydney.
Being able to sit up the front of the plane was a novelty, although not in business class – the plane is an A320. I was intrigued to see how the Tiger mascot would cope in his outfit – would we get to see who is under the Tiger mask? At some stage during the flight I noticed his mask came off revealing a blonde head.
The flight was smooth and there was a range of refreshments available on board but like all budget airlines you have to pay for them. The flight is only a short 55mins – a hop, skip & jump from Sydney, it seemed that not long after I’d plugged in my iPod and drifted off for a quick cat nap the hostie was making her way through the cabin asking us to prepare for landing.
Landing at Coffs Harbour airport the plane touched down in the midst of a spray of water from either side of the runway – an aviation tradition for all new routes.
Coffs Harbour is a bustling regional hub for leisure and business travellers. Tiger’s flights will add up to 1,800 seats per week to the destination, making it an ideal affordable short break for couples and families. Be sure to check-in with ample time (at least 45mins prior) to your departure time, we counted at least 10 disgruntled passengers at the check-in Coffs Harbour who turned up with less than 30mins to spare and wondered why they weren’t allowed to check-in. It’s stated clearly on your e-ticket.
Tiger Airways launched in Australia in 2007 and flies to all major Australian capital cities as well as the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Cairns. International travellers rightly grumble about the cost of domestic flights to destinations in our large land, and this is a welcome addition to low cost tickets.
- Tiger Airways provides four weekly return services to Coffs Harbour with an additional fifth Saturday service from March 31, 2013.
- Airfares to Coffs Harbour start from $49.95 including taxes & charges
- Airfares includes 10kg of carry on luggage
- For flights Sydney to Coffs checked luggage of 15kg is an extra $15
- Tiger Airways offers special deals with airfares as low as $10 – be sure to sign up to its newsletter so you don’t miss out!
*Taste for Travel contributor Teresa Lane flew to Coffs Harbour courtesy of Tiger Airways