New daily service from Kuala Lumpur adds X factor to South East Asian tourism market

24 March 2016

Auckland Airport yesterday welcomed the inaugural arrival of AirAsia X’s new route from Kuala Lumpur via the Gold Coast. The new low-cost service – operated on an A330-300 aircraft – is the latest addition to Auckland Airport’s expanding international network that has seen annual international passenger traffic grow to 8.4 million.

Norris Carter, Auckland Airport’s general manager – aeronautical commercial, says the new AirAsia X service will support the growing tourist demand from Malaysia and attract visitors from important tourist markets such as India and Indonesia. Providing 275,000 seats a year between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, the new route will add an estimated $176m each year to the New Zealand economy.

“Over the last three years we have seen strong growth in visitor numbers of 9% from South East Asia, and 22% from India. With this new service connecting to an extensive network across these regions, AirAsia X will not just be bringing visitors from the Gold Coast or Kuala Lumpur, but also from much farther afield.”

Mr Carter says the daily service will also support growing demand from New Zealanders for travel to South East Asia and India.

“Auckland Airport is not just the front door to our country, but a gateway to the world for New Zealanders. Through this latest addition to our network, we’re delighted to make exciting new destinations a viable option for a greater number of Kiwi travellers.”

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For further information, high resolution images and HD video footage please contact:

Gez Johns
+64 27 406 3024
gez.johns@aucklandairport.co.nz

About the AirAsia X D7 206 service

Return route: Kuala Lumpur > Gold Coast > Auckland
Aircraft: A330-300
Frequency: Daily (7 days)
Travel times: KL-GC - 8 hrs; GC - 1hr 15; GC-AK: 3 hrs
Classes: Economy (365 seats); business (12 flatbeds