AirAsia is going ‘gang busters’

INCREASINGLY popular cheap air flights between the Gold Coast Airport and Kuala Lumpur are set to become a daily event.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh yesterday announced discount airline AirAsia plans to operate daily services from February.

Ms Bligh said as of February 6 the company, AirAsia X ,would operate 2681 weekly seats from Kuala Lumpur to the Gold Coast, an increase of 383 seats per week.

The move would take the frequency of flights from six days a week to daily.

“AirAsia X is truly one of Queensland’s great airline success stories, offering great service and highly competitive airfares into one of Australia’s premier tourism destinations – the Gold Coast,” Ms Bligh said.

“The company was convinced to choose the Gold Coast over Melbourne by our government three years ago, and since launching two years ago the partnership has gone from strength-to-strength.”

Ms Bligh said when the airline launched in 2007 it had four weekly services into the Gold Coast on an Airbus A330.

Since then the Kuala Lumpur-Gold Coast route had “gone gangbusters”.

In December last year, the airline had changed to a larger aircraft and increased services.

“Today’s news that they will add yet another flight is fantastic for the local tourism industry,” Ms Bligh said.

Queensland Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said since AirAsia launched the Kuala Lumpur-Gold Coast route in November 2007, passenger movements had grown significantly.

He said 56,000 passengers travelled to the Gold Coast Airport in the year ended June 2009.

That was a 73 per cent increase on the same time in the previous year.

He said the AirAsia X announcement added to a growing list of good airline news for the Gold Coast.

“The latest international passenger movements datareveal arrivals into the Gold Coast were up 83 percent in the year ending June 2009,” Mr Lawlor said.

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