Malaysian LCC AirAsia X will become the first international operator to offer flights from the new Melbourne Avalon airport later this year. The airline will launch a Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne Avalon service, once it gets a Government Approval.
Details of the new AirAsia X route
Air Asia is specialized in low-cost long-haul services and as of December 4, 2018 plans to offer one more direct flight for its customers. The route between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne Avalon will be serviced twice daily by an Airbus A330-300 and will be operated mornings and evenings.
The first scheduled flight is with number D7216 that departs from Kuala Lumpur at 10:35 and arrives in Melbourne at 21:30. The next flight is number D7218 departing Kuala Lumpur at 22:25 and arriving in Melbourne at 09:20 on the following day.
The morning flight from Melbourne is number D7219 at 10:35, which is scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 15:50. The evening flight is number D7217 at 22:45, which is scheduled to arrive at 04:00 on the following day.
The new route actually replaces an existing service operated by AirAsia X from the other airport in Melbourne – Tullamarine. According to the airline, the move aims to bring lower operating costs.
About Melbourne Avalon airport
Melbourne Avalon airport has been a preferred alternative to Tullamarine for low-cost carriers for two decades now since it has been initially privatized. It has struggled, however, to be recognized on the market until earlier this year when AirAsia X announced that it is moving its Melbourne operations to Avalon.
As a result of the move, the airport expects to receive a total of 500,000 international passengers only for the first year of AirAsia X operations there. The airport is constructing a new international terminal that will serve the passengers. It should be ready by the end of the year. As a result of AirAsia’s services, long-haul flights will be more affordable for citizens in Melbourne and the Victorian region. The operation of the airline also provides a better access to more than 130 destinations in Asia.
Besides AirAsia, Melbourne Avalon X is also used by the local LCC Jetstar. The domestic airline has quite a high load factor of 49 departures weekly. Nevertheless, the airport is underserved and could be used for more flights by Jetstar or other Australian airlines.
With the move to Melbourne Avalon, Air Asia states its intention to continue offering great services to Australians at affordable rates and hopes to offer low fares to new destinations in addition to Kuala Lumpur.