AirAsia is packing its check-in counters and moving out of Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to Avalon where it fly alongside Jetstar and other low-cost carriers.

Making the announcement overnight, Group Chief Executive, Tony Fernandes, said relocation will take place during the fourth quarter of 2018 and will allow the carrier to provide Victorians with lower fares.

Fernandes continued, saying the low-cost gateway will also provide guests with a more streamlined and efficient airport experience including cheaper parking, new infrastructure and a hassle-free arrival and departure process.

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As the first international carrier to fly to Avalon Airport, the carrier will provide international connections for Victorians via its hub in Kuala Lumpur to more than 130 destinations across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the US including Bali, Thailand, Japan, India, China, South Korea, Hawaii and more.

“Our move to Avalon will translate to lower fares for travellers, allowing more people to fly between Australia and Southeast Asia.”

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group Chief Executive

“We believe the time is now and momentum is building.”

The relocation date will be announced later this year, in the meantime, AirAsia has stressed that it will communicate directly with affected guests and provide them with as much forward notice as possible.

In order to contact guests, AirAsia has requested customers update their profiles with a valid email address and mobile number.

 

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