AirAsia X resumes operations to Melbourne
AirAsia X has resumed its route between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne. Pre-pandemic, the airline contributed 45% of the market share for flights between Australia and Malaysia with up to 92 weekly flights to four destinations. Following the recent return to Sydney and with the resumption of services to Melbourne and Perth this week, AirAsia X will reconnect a total of 24 weekly flights to three key destinations in Australia. It also plans to recover over 50% against its pre-pandemic flight frequency to Australia by the third quarter of 2023.
The return to Melbourne, with a balanced inbound/outbound traffic flow, allows AirAsia X to review adding more services to meet a strong forecast growth in low cost travel demand. Moreover, the carrier is looking forward to leveraging its operations at Australia’s core domestic cargo hubs, including in Melbourne, to provide additional revenue streams.
The celebration of the inaugural flight and the return of AirAsia X operations at Melbourne Airport was announced at a press conference hosted by Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy, Chairman of AirAsia X; Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X; Lorie Argus, CEO of Melbourne Airport and Brendan McClements CEO, Visit Victoria. The event was also attended by the Consulate General of Malaysia in Melbourne, representatives of the Victorian Government and other key industry dignitaries.
“Australia was our very first destination to fly to, back in November 2007 when we commenced operations,” said Benyamin Ismail, CEO AirAsia X. “It has always been one of our core destinations with strong demand for two-way travel which is historically proven. Our recently resumed Sydney services are already proving very popular and we are thrilled to now return to Melbourne as one of our top priority markets to return to first post-Covid alongside two more services down under commencing this week to Auckland and Perth, thanks to popular demand. Until March 2020, we have carried 12.7 million guests between Malaysia and Australia with almost four million guests arriving in Melbourne alone. We are also pleased to continue working with our key airport and industry partners to contribute to the millions of passengers that walk through Melbourne Airport’s doors each month.”
Lorie Argus, CEO Melbourne Airport, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome AirAsia X back to the Melbourne Airport family today. Malaysia is an important market for Victoria for business, leisure and education travel. We know that our customers are happy to have the airline back here, offering even more choices for getting to Asia and beyond and driving competition.”