AirAsia X confirms move to Avalon Airport in 4Q2018, expects 500,000 pax p/a

    AirAsia X confirmed (30-May-2018) plans to move operations from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne Avalon Airport in 4Q2018. The carrier expects to confirm a date for the launch of Avalon operations “in the coming months”. The airline expects to handle 500,000 passengers p/a at Avalon Airport. AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said: “We are currently working closely with Avalon, tourism partners in the region and other relevant authorities to ensure our infrastructure and facilities needs are being met to ensure a smooth transition”. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said: “Our move to Avalon will translate to lower fares for travellers, allowing more people to fly between Australia and Southeast Asia… More and more countries, including Australia, are beginning to realise the need for a dedicated low cost airport”. [more – original PR]