In a shock decision, Tigerair Australia is cutting its Adelaide to Brisbane service from March 2020.
The announcement is the latest blow for SA, following on from recent reports that:
• Fiji Airways will cease direct flights from Adelaide
• Singapore Airlines is closing its Adelaide office
• Adelaide is missing out on US direct flights from United Airlines
The South Australian tourism industry directly employs 36,000 people.
Direct flight access is critical for the visitor economy. Interstate visitors account for $2.5 billion, which is one-third of total expenditure in South Australia.
The Marshall Liberal Government plans to cut $23 million from the tourism budget over five years. In its first budget last year it cut $11 million.
This year, the Government announced $12 million worth of additional cuts over four years and reducing tourism marketing to a five-year low.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison
This is very disappointing news. The Marshall Liberal Government’s cuts to tourism are clearly having a direct impact on attracting interstate visitors.
This cancellation not only affects our tourism industry, but every South Australian who wants a direct flight to Brisbane.
The Premier needs to get on the phone with the CEO of Virgin Airlines and fight for this State. Meanwhile, the Minister for Tourism is off on another overseas trip.