CIA Services Group congratulates Avalon Airport and AirAsia with the announcement that the airline will move its Melbourne operations to Avalon Airport from Melbourne Airport, effective later this year.
AirAsia X Malaysia will operate twice daily flights as the first international carrier at the airport, making long-haul flying affordable for Melbourne and the Victorian region, and improving access to more than 130 destinations in Asia and beyond.
A total of 500,000 international passengers are projected to move through Avalon Airport in the first year of operations.
At the official announcement on Sunday 4th February, Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings was warmly acknowledged by Executive Chairman Linfox Airports, David Fox among other dignitaries for his unwavering commitment to the common goal of achieving international status for the airport and in securing a partnership with an international carrier.
Justin Giddings said: “This is a 10-year agreement structured to accommodate AirAsia X’s significant growth. It is the first such deal in Australia, and provides a unique low-cost opportunity for people and businesses to access over 130 destinations throughout Asia. Avalon Airport is easily accessible from Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and surrounds. Low-cost flights combined with an easy airport experience makes for the perfect partnership. We’re extremely pleased to welcome AirAsia to Avalon Airport.”
AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail added, “We are proud to be the first airline to operate international flights at Avalon Airport, connecting Melbourne and the Victorian region with Kuala Lumpur, Asia’s number one LCC hub. Melbourne and Victoria are important markets to us and this new service will provide a significant boost to business and tourism, including to such attractions as the Great Ocean Road. We wish to thank the relevant authorities for their tremendous support in making our move to Avalon Airport possible.”
Completing the new terminal and set up in readiness for the first international flights later in the year will be a driving focus for all stakeholders and CIA Services Group are primed to assist across our breadth of services.
Cause for celebration. From left: Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings, AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes with Founder and Chairman of Linfox, Lindsay Fox.