Leading low-cost airline AirAsia X will increase services on its Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Gold Coast route to 11 services per week from daily flights effective from 1 July 2016.
AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer Benyamin Ismail said the increase reflects the success of the route and demand for affordable long haul travel between Asia and Australia.
“We are pleased to increase these services and provide additional flight options and convenience for our guests,” Mr Ismail said.
“These four additional weekly services strengthens our long standing relationship with Gold Coast Airport and also our successful strategy in developing under-served markets.”
Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the additional flights were secured through the Palaszczuk Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.
“These are two very important travel hubs for Queensland,” she said.
“AirAsia X currently services 18 destinations in mainland China, Taipei and 12 cities in India. More direct flights out of Kuala Lumpur provide a direct connection for Greater China and Indian travellers to the Gold Coast.”
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the increases in services is a direct response to strong demand on the popular Gold Coast-Kuala Lumpur service.
“AirAsia X has played a key role in delivering affordable air travel to and from South East Queensland since they commenced services to Gold Coast Airport in 2007,” Ms Charlton said.
“The increase to 11 services per week will provide an additional 78,000 inbound seats per year which is great news for the local tourism industry.
“The Gold Coast – Kuala Lumpur service is vital for the Gold Coast as it improves connectivity with major international markets including China and India via Kuala Lumpur as a hub.
“We acknowledge and thank Tourism and Events Queensland for their support.”
AirAsia X, together with AirAsia, provides Australians with low fares and connectivity to over 100 destinations across 26 countries.
The schedule for four additional weekly services is as follows: