AirAsia and Avalon Airport announced that AirAsia will move its Melbourne operations to Avalon Airport from Melbourne Airport, effective later this year.
AirAsia X Malaysia will operate twice daily flights as the first international carrier at the airport, making long-haul flying affordable for Melbourne and the Victorian region, and improving access to more than 130 destinations in Asia and beyond.
A total of 500,000 international passengers are projected to move through Avalon Airport in the first year of operations.
The move was announced at an industry event at Avalon Airport with special guests including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop, AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes, Founder of Linfox, Lindsay Fox AC, Executive Chairman Linfox Airports, David Fox, AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, Minister for Industry and Employment, the Hon. Ben Carroll, Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings, and local TV personality Catriona Rowntree as master of ceremonies.
AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “This is an exciting milestone for AirAsia X. Since our inaugural flight in 2007, AirAsia X has flown over 30 million guests, including 6.1 million Australians – tourists wanting to experience amazing Australia, students from across the globe and Australians who wish to see the world. We are proud to renew our commitment to making air travel affordable for Australians with this move to Avalon, which will help us maintain our cost edge and allow us to continue offering low fares to Asean, Asia and beyond.”
Avalon Airport offers an easy, enjoyable experience for travellers and is just 50 minutes to the Melbourne CBD and the closest international airport to the Great Ocean Road.