Tue, Jul 05, 2011
Agency Has Five Working Days To File Court Papers To Extend The
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority
of Australia (CASA) suspended the operations of Tiger Airways
Australia Pty Ltd on Saturday 2 July 2011. The action was taken
because CASA believes permitting the airline to continue to fly
poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety.
The suspension of Tiger Airways Australia follows the issue of a
show cause notice to the airline in March 2011.
Taking Tiger Airways Australia’s response to this show
cause notice into account, CASA subsequently imposed a number of
conditions on the airline’s air operator’s certificate.
These conditions required actions to improve the proficiency of
Tiger Airways Australia’s pilots, improvements to pilot
training and checking processes, changes to fatigue management,
improvements to maintenance control and ongoing airworthiness
systems and ensuring appropriately qualified people fill management
and operational positions.
CASA has been closely monitoring the operations of Tiger Airways
Australia throughout 2011, with surveillance undertaken at a range
of locations. Since Tiger Airways Australia was served the show
cause notice there have been further events raising concerns about
the airline’s ability to continue to conduct operations
As a result, CASA officials say they no longer have confidence
in the ability of Tiger Airways Australia to satisfactorily address
the safety issues that have been identified. The suspension is in
force immediately for an initial five working days, during which
time CASA must apply to the Federal Court for an extension of the
If the Federal Court supports CASA’s application the court
can continue the suspension for a period of time which will allow
CASA to finalize investigations into the safety matters.
Tiger Airways said on its website
that the airline's management team began an extensive series of
meetings with the industry safety regulator on Monday, and will
continue to work on a constructive basis with CASA to resolve their
"Our goal is to resume our services as quickly as possible
whilst restoring the confidence of both CASA and the Australian
public at large that safety underpins our operations at all times,"
the carrier said.
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