Travel Agents asked for them & we all thought Jetstar would launch them but AirAsia could be the one to make non-stop flights from Australia to Indonesia’s island of Lombok a reality.

The low-cost carrier is believed to be in talks to launch non-stop flights between Perth and Lombok, that’d help revive tourism to the Indonesian island after experiencing multiple earthquakes earlier this year.

Governor of West Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia, Zulkieflimansyahm told local media that the new route could open up as soon as February next year, however, an AirAsia Spokesperson advised KARRYON that the new flights are yet to be confirmed.


Spokesperson Kris Taute said the airline is always considering new routes to Australia and has had several discussions on how it can help drive tourism back to the island of Lombok.

“AirAsia continues to review the potential of new routes to Australia from its hubs located across Southeast Asia, including Indonesia,” Taute said.

“A range of post-quake recovery efforts to help drive tourism back to Lombok are being discussed and we look forward to making those decisions in the coming months.”

Kris Taute, AirAsia Spokesperson


Image: Avalon Airport/Facebook

In the meantime, AirAsia is now less than one week away from moving its Melbourne operations from Tullamarine to the low-cost gateway, Avalon Airport.

As the only international airline operating out of Avalon, the move will give budget travellers a more streamlined and efficient airport experience, access to cheaper parking and cheaper fares.

In line with the move, the carrier has reminded guests that it will cease operations at Tullamarine Airport on 5 December when Avalon operations kick off.

For convenience, guests departing from the new terminal are advised to check-in via or the AirAsia mobile app, print their boarding pass and arrive at the airport no later than three hours prior to their flight departure.

Guests are then encouraged to proceed immediately through the new immigration and customs processing and arrive at the boarding gate no later than 45 minutes before the flight departure.

Guests booked to travel between 05 December and 12 December 2018 are able to make use of complimentary SkyBus services between Melbourne CBD and Avalon International Airport on presentation of their AirAsia boarding pass or flight confirmation.


What are your thoughts on the move?