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SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has cleared Tigerair Australia to operate flights from Bali to Australia until Monday, allowing around 2,000 stranded passengers to return home, the airline said on Thursday.
The budget carrier, wholly owned by Virgin Australia Holdings, had canceled flights on Thursday and put Friday’s flights under review after Indonesia revoked its permission to fly due to a bureaucratic technicality.
Consultation - Government - Tigerair - Australia - Permission
“After consultation with the Indonesian Government, Tigerair Australia has been granted permission to operate flights from Bali to Australia until Monday 16 January 2017 to enable Australians who are currently in Bali to return home,” Tigerair said in a statement.
“As a result of these services, Tigerair Australia will be able to bring around 2,000 customers back to Australia.”
Tigerair - Flights - Melbourne - Adelaide - Perth
Tigerair flights from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to Bali which began last March are flying under Virgin Australia’s license and using its pilots until Indonesia grants approvals for Tigerair to operate them on its own.
Virgin Australia had previously operated the flights itself but shifted them to low-cost arm Tigerair in an attempt to restore its international division to profitability.
Tigerair - Details - Requirements - Source - Matter
While Tigerair did not give details about the new administrative requirements, a source familiar with the matter said Indonesia earlier this week changed the agency that oversees Tigerair’s operations.
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