AirAsia X says “G’day Melbourne!” as it resumes operations to the Victorian Capital from 1st November 2022. The airline had moved operations to the smaller Avalon Airport, as their first international airline, in December 2018. Flights were stopped when the airline was directly affected by the closure of Malaysia’s borders in March 2022 giving the main Melbourne access point, Tullamarine Airport, the chance to get the services back.
The inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne touched down at 6.25am, departing from Melbourne at 7.40am. With strong passenger loads on both flights, the new services signal a sharp rebound in demand for low cost mid range air travel, delivering a welcome boost to both Australian and Malaysian tourism.
Say “G’day Melbourne” with promo fares
AAX also celebrates the recommencement of services from Kuala Lumpur, to Auckland, New Zealand via Sydney which touches down today at 5.20pm local NZ time. The inaugural flight from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur landed at klia2 at 3.35am local time.
In conjunction with the new services to Melbourne and Auckland, AAX is offering one-way all-in* fares available until 6th November 2022 for travel between 1st January and 28th October 2023.
You can fly from:
- Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur from AUD349 all-in one-way for economy
- AUD2,099 one way for a Premium Flatbed.
- Auckland to Kuala Lumpur via Sydney from NZD429 all-in one-way for economy
- NZD2,299 one way for a Premium Flatbed
- Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne from RM1,399 all-in one-way for economy
- RM4,499 one way for a Premium Flatbed
- Kuala Lumpur to Auckland via Sydney from RM1,799 all-in one-way for economy
- RM6,999 one way for a Premium Flatbed
Pre-pandemic, AAX contributed 45% of the market share for flights between Australia and Malaysia with up to 92 flights weekly to four destinations. With the recent return to Sydney and resumption of services to Melbourne and Perth this week, AAX will reconnect a total of 24 flights weekly to three key destinations in Australia. The airline plans to reach over 50% of its pre-pandemic flight frequency to Australia by the third quarter of 2023.
The return to Melbourne, which offers a balanced inbound/outbound traffic flow, allows AAX to consider adding more services to meet the strong forecast growth in low cost travel demand. After growing their cargo income during the period when they were unable to carry passengers, AAX also plans to leverage its operations at Australia’s core domestic cargo hubs including Melbourne, to grow their cargo revenue streams.
The arrival of the inaugural flight and return of AAX operations to Melbourne Airport was celebrated at a press conference hosted by the Chairman of AirAsia X, Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy, joined by Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X, Lorie Argus, CEO of Melbourne Airport and Brendan McClements, CEO of Visit Victoria.
Benyamin Ismail reminded guests that Australia was AAX’s first destination with their first flight to Gold Coast in November 2007. As such, Australia has since been one of their core destinations with historically strong demand for two way travel.
…. 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.
AAX is also painting the three Australian cities red this month, with prominent advertising in all markets and promotions in Sydney (Martin Place, Sydney CBD, 15th November) and Melbourne (Queensbridge Square, Melbourne CBD on 7th November). Catch these events, with exciting activities and giveaways and even better, Malaysian food trucks.
Flight Schedule Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne (Tullamarine)[table]
|Route||Flight No||Departure||Arrival||Days of service|
|Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne||D7 218||19:30 (7.30pm)||06:25 (6.25am) (next day)||Tuesday, Saturday|
|Melbourne – Kuala Lumpur||D7 219||07:40 (7.40am)||13:10 (1.10pm)||Wednesday, Sunday|
|Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne||D7 212||14:15 (2.15pm)||01:10 (1.10am) (next day)||Thursday|
|Melbourne – Kuala Lumpur||D7 213||02:25 (2.25am)||07:55 (7.55am)||Friday|
*All-in fares inclusive of airport taxes, fuel surcharges and any other applicable charges. Terms and conditions apply.
So say “G’day Melbourne” and enjoy all this beautiful city has to offer.