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Airline boosts coast flights

DISCOUNT airline AirAsia X yesterday announced plans to increase its flights between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast by two return flights each week following what it says has been a boom in passenger traffic this year.

From October 21 the company plans to increase its return run from four to six flights each week to cater for increased demand from travellers.

AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said the Gold Coast had proved to be an enduring route for the airline, which also flies to Melbourne and Perth in Australia.

“Despite a shrinking global aviation market, AirAsia X continues to buck the trend by delivering growth on all of our routes,” Mr Osman-Rani said.

“For the Gold Coast market alone, our passenger traffic grew by almost 15 per cent in the first half of 2009 versus the same period in 2008.

“Contrary to the sceptics, this is not a seasonal holiday route.

“Loads have been consistently strong year-round and this has given us confidence to increase our capacity by 50% with our two additional weekly flights.”

The new flights starting from October 21 are planned to depart the Gold Coast every Wednesday and Friday at 9.05am (AEST) and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 3.25pm that day, local time.

The increased flights coincide with the roll-out of new premium class seating which will replace the existing xl class and includes larger, reclining seats - particularly attractive to long-haul passengers flying with AirAsia X to Europe.

To celebrate the launch of the additional flights AirAsia X is offering seats for sale from $149 from Gold Coast to Malaysia.

Queensland Tourism Minister and Member for Southport Peter Lawlor said AirAsia X's decision to increase Gold Coast flights was a coup for Queensland's tourism industry.

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