The captains of the inaugural AirAsia X flight between the Gold Coast and Auckland, Jay Schledge and Mikey Long.
The captains of the inaugural AirAsia X flight between the Gold Coast and Auckland, Jay Schledge and Mikey Long. SCOTT POWICK

Airline launches $129 Kiwi fare

DAILY flights between Gold Coast Airport and Auckland, New Zealand, starting from $129 one-way, were launched by low-cost airline AirAsia X this week.

The maiden flight on Wednesday morning from Kuala Lumpur was 90% occupied, but the service got off to a bumpy start when it arrived over an an hour-and-a-half late.

The Premium flatbed seats flights are available until May 22 for $349 one-way.

The daily flights depart the Gold Coast from 9.05am arriving in Auckland at 3.30pm local time. It leaves Auckland at 5pm local time and arrives on the Gold Coast at 5.35pm.

AirAsia X’s Australian commercial boss Russell Hole said: “We see this as a way of opening up both New Zealand for Asian passengers but also providing a very strong alternative for travellers out of the Gold Coast”.

Mr Hole said the company was constantly evaluating new routes with London and Hawaii among the other destinations also under consideration.

Passengers disembark from the inaugural AirAsia X flight between the Gold Coast and Auckland.
Passengers disembark from the inaugural AirAsia X flight between the Gold Coast and Auckland. SCOTT POWICK

Gold Coast Airport Chief operating officer Marion Charlton said there was a big New Zealand ex-pat community in the region.

“Already 48% of our international passengers are from New Zealand and the Kiwis love our weather and we love to go there,” Ms Charlton said.

“It’s a win-win for the Gold Coast and New Zealand.”

AirAsia X has been flying out of the Gold Coast since 2007.



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