Posted on: 05 March 2015 by Mark Howells
Indonesia AirAsia X has received approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to operate a direct service between Melbourne and Bali (Ngurah Rai International Airport) and plans to begin the service on 18 March with two flights per week, increasing to five flights per week from 1 April.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have the approvals we’ve been seeking to commence this long awaited service,” announced co-founder and group CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes. “We have been working very closely with CASA and are very pleased to have their full approval to operate, having met all requirements throughout this process. We adhered to standard aviation practice in selling the flights but unfortunately we were caught up by bad timing during Christmas, in which we were not able to rectify the matter in time. We deeply apologise for the inconvenience caused to all of our guests and now look forward to welcoming them on board.
“Contrary to what has been said by one airline CEO, AirAsia has been extremely successful in developing the Australian market within a short period of time and this is reflective in our immense popularity. We carried 1.5 million guests from Australia last year, which translates to a 30% growth. Now we are even more determined to provide Australians the best possible service at the best value,” continued Fernandes.
Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, co-founder and group CEO of AirAsia X, added, “Bali is developing into an important hub in the region with its connectivity continually expanding. AirAsia plans to grow the existing hub network from Bali to 16 direct onward destinations in Asia and this will be further developed over time.”