Tigerair Australia has this afternoon announced its permanent withdrawal from flights linking Australia and Bali. The decision came as negotiations with Indonesian authorities to allow flights by the airline ended without a resolution.
The news ends Tigerair Australia’s foray into international destinations for the time being. The flights had been operating on specially fitted Boeing 737 aircraft borrowed from parent company Virgin Australia. This arrangement was found by the Indonesian authorities to breach the conditions that allowed them to operate to Bali, causing flights to be suspended on January 11. The most recent failed negotiations were intended to allow Tigerair to fly passengers on their own Airbus A320 aircraft.
The decision leaves flights between Australia and Bali in the hands of Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas (only recently having become permanent), AirAsia and Garuda Indonesia. Tigerair had been carrying passengers from Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide to Bali. Flights from Sydney and Brisbane continue to be operated by Virgin Australia.
For passengers affected by this news, the airline will contact you today if you are flying this weekend (Feb 4 and 5). Beyond Feb 6, Tigerair will be contacting booked passengers as soon as possible. Passengers who have not yet flown will be offered refunds, and passengers already in Bali will be re-accommodated on Virgin flights back to Australia.