50,000 Tiger Airways flights snapped up within hours

By NNN-Bernama,

Melbourne : About 50,000 “free” flights on Tiger Airways were snapped up within hours of going on sale this morning.

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The Singapore budget carrier launched the sale at midnight to celebrate its first anniversary on Sunday.

It offered in total, 100,000 “free” fares on selected domestic routes from Melbourne and Adelaide, and selected international services from Singapore, for travel between Feb 1 and June 30, 2009.

Passengers will only pay airport charges and taxes of between A$17 and A$39 each way to fly.

Tiger Airways spokesman Matt Hobbs told the Australian Associated Press that although the financial crisis had some people adjusting their household budgets, they were not yet sacrificing their holidays.

“Obviously people are being savvy with how they spend their money but they still want a holiday and have it without wasting money,” Hobbs is quoted as saying.

Hobbs said he expected Tiger Airways to become more popular as travellers became more discerning.

In its first year, Tiger Airways sold almost 80 percent of its tickets at under A$100.

The sale will end on Nov 25, or until all tickets are snapped up.