Auckland Airport celebrated the launch of AirAsia X’s services from Kuala Lumpur (via Gold Coast in Australia). Those joining in the celebrations at the New Zealand airport included: Hon. Amy Adams, Minister for Broadcasting, Minister for Communications, Minister for Courts & Minister for Justice, New Zealand; H.E Dato’ Lim Kim Eng, High Commissioner of Malaysia to New Zealand; Adrian Littlewood, Chief Executive, Auckland International Airport; Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman of AirAsia X Berhad; Dato’ Fam Lee Ee, Board of Director AirAsia X Berhad; and Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad.
- AirAsia X on 22 March commenced daily service between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Auckland (AKL) in New Zealand, via Gold Coast (OOL) in Australia using its A330-300s. The 8,718-kilometre route is already flown non-stop by Malaysia Airlines, also with a daily service. The 2,214-kilometre Trans-Tasman sector, on which AirAsia X does have traffic rights, is already served by Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia Airways with daily flights and by Air New Zealand with five weekly flights. Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad, said: “We are very happy to be in Auckland today, and we would like to thank everyone from New Zealand who has helped to make the commencement of this route possible, from the airport to our business partners and of course the government of New Zealand. We look forward to connecting more people from across Asia and Australia into this beautiful city of Auckland through the vast route network in the AirAsia Group. I am proud to say that the flight into Auckland today operated at over 95% flight load and we are confident that we will continue to see strong loads moving forward.” Adrian Littlewood, Chief Executive of Auckland Airport, said: “I’m delighted to welcome AirAsia X here to Auckland. This new daily service is a fantastic addition to our international network, not only supporting the growing tourist demand from Malaysia and South East Asia, but providing New Zealanders with another Trans-Tasman route and the opportunity to connect into Air Asia’s extensive network through Asia and India.” Vote for Auckland Airport’s FTWA in this week’s competition.