Virgin Jetstar and Tiger battle it out in the Gold Coast

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Tiger Airways are battling it out to become the Gold Coast’s major domestic airline.Each carrier is currently dominating a specific route out of the Gold Coast — Virgin claims the Sydney route, Tiger Airways has the numbers in Adelaide and Jetstar is ahead for Melbourne travellers. Tiger Airways have announced daily flights between the Gold Coast and Sydney, effective from December 15, to gain an increased market share.  Virgin Blue and Jetstar both revealed that they were also looking at opportunities to increase market share out of the Gold Coast because it was a ‘key port’.Tourism Queensland projections show Tiger Airways is just ahead of Jetstar on the Adelaide route — capturing 39 per cent of the market by offering 1260 seats in its daily service. Jetstar offers 1239 seats a week on this route, while Virgin Blue lags with just 742 seats a week on its daily service.The route to Sydney is dominated by Virgin Blue with 52 per cent in its 13,140 seat capacity on 80 flights a week. This trumps Jetstar’s 43 per cent (10,668 seats on 56 flights). Tiger’s new daily service will offer 1260 seats.Jetstar wins the Gold Coast to Melbourne route with a 47 per cent share (8658 seats) ahead of Virgin Blue (5904 from 35 weekly flights) and Tiger (3780 from 21 flights).last_img read more