Leading low cost long-haul airline AirAsia X is boosting its Australian footprint with twice daily flights set to operate from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to Kuala Lumpur later this year.
The airline has announced that double daily services between its Malaysian hub and Melbourne will begin on October 1; and Sydney and Perth on November 25.
AirAsia X will increase its current flights to Sydney and Melbourne from 12-weekly flights and Perth from its current nine-weekly flights to 14 flights a week from each port.
The announcement follows the finalisation of a revised bilateral agreement between the Australian and Malaysian governments and an expansion of AirAsia X’s long-haul fleet of Airbus A330-300s which will comprise 16 aircraft at the end of December.
“The Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to Kuala Lumpur routes have performed extremely well and the new double daily services will help meet increasing demand,’’ says AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani.
‘‘The double daily services into Australia will attract more visitors into Australia and spur Australia’s tourism sector.
‘‘This will provide guests with a greater choice of travel times and enable us to offer improved flight connections across our network and further encourage the growth of tourism and trade.
‘‘We are looking at doubling our Fly-Thru arrivals into Australia.
‘‘AirAsia X has been lobbying both governments for some time for the increased capacity and we are delighted to be able to expand our reach further across these dynamic cities.
‘‘Australia is a huge part of our core focus and Australians can expect to see us continuing to expand our operations in this vitally important market.
‘‘Overall, the airline has carried more than 3.4 million passengers to and from its Australian routes to date.
‘‘Australia contributes more than 40 per cent of the airline’s total revenue, recording on average 83 per cent passenger load in the first half of this year.’’
AirAsia X is expected to become Australia’s fourth largest foreign carrier by the end of 2013 as it allocates additional capacity for the remainder of the year to the market.
AirAsia X has announced its entry into Adelaide, with four weekly flights to its hub in Kuala Lumpur set to begin October 31 and a return to seven flights a week on the Gold Coast.
AirAsia Indonesia also operates direct Bali flights from Perth and Darwin.
To celebrate the double daily flights, AirAsia X is having a ‘‘Buy 1, Fly 2’’ sale which allows guests to book with a friend and split one amazing fare.
The sale is available for booking online from August 26 to September 1 inclusive. The travel period for departures from Melbourne applies between October 1 this year to August 5 next year; Perth and Sydney departures from November 25 this year to August 5 next year.
In one of AirAsia X’s best deals yet, two people can fly from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to Kuala Lumpur from just $449* one way.Incredible deals are available on Fly-Thru routes which allow guests to connect easily between two different flights via the Kuala Lumpur low cost carrier terminal without having to check in twice.
Two people can fly one way from Sydney to Singapore from $469*; Phuket from $509*; Jakarta, Bangkok, Bali and Ho Chi Minh from $529*; Osaka from $539*; Busan from $559*; Kathmandu from $579*; Seoul from $589*; Taipei from $609*; Hangzhou and Chengdu from $629* for two people one way.
Two people can fly one way from Melbourne to Singapore from $479*; Bangkok, Bali and Jakarta from $529*;Osaka from $539*; Tokyo from $559*; Kathmandu from $579*; Seoul from $589*; Taipei from $609*; Chengdu, Hangzhou and Beijing from $629*; and Shanghai from $639*.
From Perth, two people can fly one way to Singapore from $479*; Phuket from $509*; Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh from $529*; Osaka from $539*; Tokyo from $559*; Seoul from $589*; Taipei from $609*; Chengdu and Hangzhou from $629*; and Shanghai from $639*.
AirAsia X head of international marketing Stuart Myerscough says Australians have shown strong support for the airline since it launched Australian services on the Gold Coast in 2007.‘‘Australians have thrown their support behind us since day one which has enabled us to continue expanding our services and capacity,’’ says Myerscough.‘‘We are excited to bring some more competition to the skies of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and continue to live up to our brand promise of ‘Now everyone can fly’.’’
AirAsia X was lauded the world’s best low cost airline premium seat and the world’s best low cost airline premium class titles at the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards during the Paris Airshow.
The AirAsia Group received its fifth consecutive year title as the world’s best and Asia’s best low cost airline at the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Details, bookings: www.airasia.com. *Flights and fares are subject to availability; conditions apply. Travellers can visit AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com, which has a range of more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels.