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Monday 1 August 2022

Air Asia X returns to Australia

I have always been a fan of low-coast carrier AirAsia X, despite a recent frustrating experience with its online booking portal.

The service delivers what you pay for; and the food is tasty.  

The medium- to long-haul affiliate airline of AirAsia will be back flying to Australia from November after a prolonged hiatus - and tickets are now on sale.

There will be flights from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne (Tullamarine), Sydney and Perth in Australia, as well as to Auckland in New Zealand from November 1.

AirAsia X has plans for 13 routes to be operating this year, including New Delhi, Seoul, Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka and Honolulu, as well as London, Dubai and Istanbul.

AAX will recommence with three weekly flights to each Australian destination and will gradually increase the frequency to daily flights by the first quarter of 2023 to meet strong pent-up demand, the airline said in a press release.

Fares are now on sale from Perth to Kuala Lumpur from $209 and from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur from $359.

AAX CEO Benyamin Ismail said: “We are thrilled to recommence our services to Australia and New Zealand as a core part of our expansion strategy with our famous great value fares for medium to long-haul travel.

"We are also pleased to announce our return to Melbourne Airport [rather than Avalon] which offers more flexibility and connectivity for our guests travelling to and from the state of Victoria.

“In 2019, we flew over a million guests to both countries, which shows that Australia and New Zealand are important markets for us and we connected the same number of Australians and New Zealanders to Malaysia and across Asean."

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Jim Parashos said: “AirAsia X flew out of Melbourne Airport for a decade, and we know our customers will be thrilled to have them back here. With a significant network beyond Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia X provides a one-stop service into much of India and South-East Asia, which is particularly valuable for international students or Victorians looking to visit friends and family overseas."

AirAsia X offers three seating classes - Economy, Quiet Zone and Premium Flatbed.

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