Tiger Airways Fleet Grounded in Australia

Written by Your VIPTRIP Team on July 1st, 2011

Australia grounds Tiger Airways over safety fears

Aviation regulators grounded budget carrier Tiger Airways Australia Saturday because it posed a “serious and imminent risk to air safety”, throwing the travel plans of thousands of people into chaos.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said Tiger’s domestic services had been suspended with immediate effect following a series of incidents that had raised questions about its airworthiness.

The first grounding of an entire airline in Australian aviation history, the ban is for an initial five working days, after which officials can apply for a court-enforced extension to allow for further safety investigations.

A subsidiary of Singapore’s Tiger Airways, Tiger Australia operates about 60 domestic flights a day, moving up to 9,000 passengers.

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