Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New services for AirAsia X responding to Melbourne’s growing international market

05 August 2009

Melbourne Airport welcomes AirAsia X’s announcement today to increase flights between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne by four per week � from 7 to 11 weekly services. MAIN TITLE The long-haul/low-cost airline commenced services flying direct between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur in November last year with four services per week.

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said “These extra services provide further opportunities for increased business and leisure travel between Victoria to Malaysia and beyond, a win for the state. In what is a challenging operating environment for aviation, the Melbourne market is doing well, and our airlines are responding to this.

“Our Malaysian market grew 33% over the last financial year, a growing market these new services from AirAsia X will directly serve. These services will connect with AirAsia’s ever growing Asian network.

“This announcement comes on the back of Singapore Airline’s decision to introduce daily A380 services in and out of Melbourne in September, Qatar who will commence services in December and increased capacity from our other international airlines Emirates, Air China, China Eastern, Vietnam Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Pacific Blue and Garuda Airways in the last 12 months.”

These new services, set to commence December 1, are testament to Victoria and Melbourne’s global standing. Melbourne Airport continues to work closely with our airline customers to keep costs significantly lower than our competitors whilst maintaining excellent service levels. In addition, we are investing in Victoria’s future with our $330M international terminal expansion.

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