Posted on: 12 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
From 22 March 2016, AirAsia X will commence operations to Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) via Australia’s Gold Coast Airport (OOL).
Flights will take off from KUL at 21:40, arriving in OOL at 07:50 (+1). Following a short stopover, the service will then depart OOL at 09:05 (+1), landing in AKL at 15:30 (+1). The return leg will leave AKL that day at 17:00, reaching OOL at 17:25 before taking off again at 21:40 to arrive in KUL at 04:00 (+1).
An Australian visa is not required for the stopover and Malaysians can travel visa-free to New Zealand for up to 3 months, making onward travel easy. Passengers can make use of AirAsia’s Fly-Thru option to connect seamlessly to Auckland from other cities within the carrier’s flight network, or the Multi-City option to spend a few days on the stopover in Gold Coast before travelling onward to Auckland.
Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad, averred, “New Zealand is a world class destination that has always had a special place in our heart. We are excited to be back in this beautiful country to launch this service, allowing seamless connection for our guests from all over Asia to Auckland city. Similarly, New Zealanders will now have more flight options to Gold Coast as well as access to all the exciting destinations across our extensive flight network in Asia through the Kuala Lumpur hub. We are confident that our highly competitive fares will attract many new guests from the region, creating higher travel demand and in turn boosting tourism traffic for all sectors.
“Australia has always been a key market for us; this new route from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland via Gold Coast signifies our commitment to developing flight connectivity in the region and our continuous effort to expand our operations,” Ismail continued. “We have all the confidence that this new route will thrive, riding on the success we achieved from our other Australian routes.
“At AirAsia X, our aim is to continue building an extensive list of exciting destinations to our guests and the introduction of this new route is in line with our turnaround initiatives that we believe will bring positive contribution to the bottom line,” Ismail concluded.