By Nathalie Craig25 Sep 2018The connection between Australia and Asia will be strengthened this summer thanks to AirAsia’s news that an extra 18 return flights will be added between the Gold Coast and Kuala Lumpur.Operated by AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, the daily services will ramp up to 11 per week from mid-December to mid-January.This adds an extra 13,000 additional seats in and out of the region.AirAsia X Group Head of Commercial Barry Klipp said the extra flights between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast had come in response to growing demand from travellers.“We recognise how popular the Gold Coast is as a summer destination for visitors from Southeast Asia as well as see the value in offering Australians the chance to escape for the festive season and enjoy the buzzing nightlife, rich food culture, idyllic beaches and exotic locations Asia has to offer.”AirAsia X Group Head of Commercial Barry KlippGold Coast Airport CEO Chris Mills said AirAsia X connected the Gold Coast with major hubs across the Asia Pacific region through Kuala Lumpur.“Thanks to AirAsia we are seeing more travellers from key international visitor markets like China, Japan and India come to the Gold Coast through Kuala Lumpur,” he said.“Locals can connect to more than 130 destinations in countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea easily and affordably from Kuala Lumpur, and that is driving numbers on this route.”Mills said the loads on AirAsia flights to and from the Gold Coast had been climbing this year, which showed the popularity of the Gold Coast as a destination.The additional services between Kuala Lumpur and Gold Coast will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 13 December 2018 to 12 January 2019. READ: FLIGHT REVIEW: AirAsia Premium Flat Bed Class A330-300 SYD-KULREAD: AirAsia to Newcastle & Toowoomba? Airline boss says it could happenDo you think the new services will be popular? Let us know below. Other stories you may likeBRISBANE-BANGKOK: AirAsia’s new LCC Queensland flights take offWORLD’S BEST LCC: AirAsia wins for the 11th year in a row!Pull the suitcase out of storage ’cause flights to Lombok are from $99!