AirAsia X moves to Melbourne Avalon Airport from Dec 5

(From left): AirAsia X Group Head of Commercial Barry Klipp; AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail; Mayor for the City of Greater Geelong, Councillor Bruce Harwood; Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia H.E. Andrew Goledzinowski AM; and Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings flanked by cabin crew at the launch of AirAsia to transition its Melbourne services to Avalon Airport.

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 10): AirAsia X Bhd (AAX), the low-cost long-haul affiliate of AirAsia Group Bhd, said today it will transition its twice daily Melbourne, Australia services from Tullamarine Airport to Avalon Airport — Victoria's second international airport — from Dec 5.

"Our target is to carry half a million (passengers) in the first year of operation, and we're already reviewing other destinations we could potentially launch from Avalon (Airport) in the future," said AAX chief executive officer (CEO) Benyamin Ismail in a statement today.

"As the flagship carrier to launch international services from Avalon Airport, this is a game changer for consumers, for tourism and for the industry.

"We're confident that our great value fares to and from Melbourne, will prove popular with Australians wanting to fly to KL or connect to our global network of 130 popular leisure destinations and conversely, Asean will benefit from consistently affordable and convenient access to Victoria," he added.

In conjunction with the move, AAX is offering airfares to Melbourne (Avalon Airport) starting from only RM199 all-in one-way for booking online from now until July 15, for travel from Dec 5, 2018 to Aug 13, 2019.

"The new international terminal construction is well underway. At almost 9,000 sq m, it will house state-of-the-art facilities with the latest innovations in customs equipment and processes," Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings said.