AirAsia X eyes new destinations from Avalon — Benyamin Ismail

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KUALA LUMPUR (March 15): AirAsia X Bhd chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said Melbourne's Avalon Airport is now the long-haul budget airline's largest destination in Australia by capacity and the group plans to add new destinations from Avalon in the future to grow AirAsia X's network.

Airline Ratings quoted Benyamin as saying AirAsia X plans to add new destinations from Avalon, based on demand and commercial viability.

“Fly Through services via Kuala Lumpur onto India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam are proving popular also from Avalon for leisure and visiting friends and family," Benyamin said.

Benyamin was quoted as saying more than 100,000 people had already flown on AirAsia X's two daily flights between Avalon and Kuala Lumpur with loads at a healthy 80% to 85% between December and February.

It was reported that the airline switched its service from Melbourne Airport to Avalon in early December. Benyamin said: “The purpose-built low-cost international terminal is very much in sync with our model, providing state of the art facilities, without adding to the cost of travel."

“(This means) AirAsia can continue to provide great value fares for our customers to and from Avalon Airport, with a more streamlined and affordable experience for our guests, from door to door," he said.