Last months, Avalon secured AirAsia X as its first international airline. In a 10-year deal signed between Avalon and AirAsia X, the airline will be moving its Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne flights to Avalon by the end of 2018, when Avalon completes construction of a new international terminal.
According to a CAPA report, Avalon’s traffic could double in 2019, driven mainly by the new flights from AirAsia X, as well as potential domestic expansion. Avalon Airport has been reaching out to the LCCs, in particular, offering an alternative option to Tullamarine.
The airport aims to attract AirAsia X services from Indonesia and Thailand in future, as well as other international airlines.
Jetstar is Avalon’s only domestic airline. The airline launched their operations in 2004. However, the high load factors on Jetstar’s 49 weekly departures from Avalon indicate that the airport is underserved and could support more services from other airlines.
Speaking to CAPA, Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings said that AirAsia X’s commitment to Avalon and the new international terminal “signals a reinvestment by AirAsia into Australia. They have had their ups and downs a little bit but I was able to convince them that coming into Avalon will give them a really high brand profile, which is something I think they needed at this time.”