SYDNEY, July 19 (Xinhua) — Malaysian airline AirAsia has announced that it will resume flights to several Australian capitals and New Zealand later this year for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
AirAsia X, which is the budget airline’s long-haul arm, will fly from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne and Perth from November 1.
The airline, which has already restarted flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, will also offer flights from the New Zealand capital to Auckland from November.
Initially, there will be three flights a week to each capital city before more flights are gradually added to the schedule in early 2023.
The resumption of flights to Melbourne airport will be the first time in almost four years, as AirAsia X used a regional airport in Victoria from 2018 to 2020.
AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail said the airline hoped to “make long-haul air travel affordable again” for those living in Australia and New Zealand.
“In 2019, we brought over a million guests to both countries, proving that Australia and New Zealand are important markets for us, and connecting the same number of Australians and New Zealanders with Malaysia and with ASEAN (the Association of South African Nations). Southeast Asia). )” Ismail said in a report in Simply Flying.