Tiger Airways, Australian agency in crisis talks

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Posted: Jul 03, 2011 11:17 PM
Tiger Airways, Australian agency in crisis talks

Tiger Airways executives are holding crisis talks with an Australian air safety watchdog after the regulators grounded all Australian domestic flights of a Tiger subsidiary over safety concerns.

Monday's meeting with Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority comes two days after it announced that Tiger Airways Australia's entire domestic fleet was grounded for five business days. The move affects about 35,000 passengers.

The Australian safety regulators say the budget airline twice flew under the minimum allowed altitude. Singapore-based Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. says the grounding will cost the airline 2 million Singapore dollars ($1.63 million) a week.

The airline says it is cooperating with the safety authority.