02 Jul '11, 3am

Tiger Airways Australia domestic flights halted

SYDNEY: 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 ban, the first imposed by CASA in Australian aviation history, is for an initial five days, after which officials can apply for a court-enforced extension to allow for safety investigations. A subsidiary of Singapore's Tiger Airways, Tiger Australia operates about 60 domestic flights a day, moving up to 9,000 passengers. "This action has been taken because CASA believes permitting the airline to continue to fly poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety," CA...

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