• New daily service to Kuala Lumpur starting today
• AirAsia X’s A330 service will offer 365 economy seats and 12 premium flatbed seats
• Malaysian tourism to Sydney grew 9 per cent in 2011, this service is expected to contribute $140 million to the NSW economy a year
AirAsia X has landed in Sydney, with the long-haul low cost carrier starting its daily Sydney- Kuala Lumpur service today.
“This is a win for Sydney and a win for NSW,” said Sydney Airport chief executive officer Kerrie Mather.
“Asia is one of our strongest growth markets for both inbound and outbound travel and AirAsia X’s decision to start a daily service to Sydney shows that we are in a great position to capitalise on the boom in Asian tourism.
“Low cost carriers are unlocking new demand to travel, particularly in South East Asia. Last year, Malaysian visitors to Sydney grew 9 per cent and we expect to achieve strong growth in the coming years.
“Sydney’s natural beauty and cosmopolitan lifestyle is a prime attraction for the Asian market and Asian tourists will be the key to meeting the target of doubling tourism revenue in NSW by 2020.
“This daily AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur service is expected to deliver $140 million to the NSW economy a year.
“Likewise, the strong Australian dollar is seeing Australians go abroad in record numbers.
“Sydney is Australia’s strongest outbound leisure travel market with 3.1 million people last year, more than double the next largest market in Australia. AirAsia X has been waiting a long time to come to Sydney and we hope that its fantastic ‘fly-thru’ seamless transfer service to a broad network of 78 regional destinations will encourage more people to travel.
“AirAsia X is the first airline to arrive in Sydney as a result of our partnership with Destination NSW and is proof that our proactive approach to attracting new airlines and routes to Sydney is working.
“With fares to Kuala Lumpur as low as $249, travellers now have more choice and strong forward sales for this service show that they are taking the offer up in large numbers.
“Congratulations to AirAsia X and we hope to see more routes announced soon.”