AirAsia X resumes Gold Coast-Auckland route amid strong demand

An AirAsia X aircraft at Kuala Lumpur Airport
Arnaud-Victor Monteux, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

AirAsia X, Asia’s leading medium-haul airline, has announced the resumption of its popular Gold Coast – Auckland route starting from February 3, 2024, due to strong demand.

However, the airline will suspend services on the Auckland – Sydney route from January 31, 2024, in order to facilitate the new Gold Coast route.

AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail explained that this decision follows a thorough network review and is based on consumer demand.

Auckland remains a key destination for the airline, and they are transferring their services from Auckland to the Gold Coast to cater to leisure travelers, students, and those visiting friends and family.

The Gold Coast is known for its white sand beaches and famous theme parks, making it a popular choice for travelers.

The suspension of the Auckland – Sydney route is temporary, and the airline will monitor the situation. If demand returns, the airline has informed that they will consider reinstating the service at a later date.


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Flight schedule: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) -Gold Coast (OOL) -Auckland (AKL)

Welcome return to Queensland

Queensland Airports Limited Chief Commercial Officer Adam Rowe welcomed the return of the Gold Coast to Auckland connection, as it provides more travel options for passengers.

The Gold Coast – Auckland route has been one of the busiest international connections, with a significant number of passengers traveling on it.

With the addition of AirAsia X’s Auckland service, more than 350,000 extra seats will be available on that route annually. This increased competition is expected to help put downward pressure on airfares, benefitting travelers.

Three weekly flights will operate from Auckland to the Gold Coast starting on February 3, providing seamless connections to Kuala Lumpur and adding 6,786 visitor seats weekly through Gold Coast Airport.

Fares for the Auckland – Gold Coast route will start from AUD199/NZ179 for travel beginning on February 3, 2024.

A line-up of parked AirAsia Airbus A320s.
Photo Credit: AirAsia

Strong route demand

AirAsia X is experiencing strong demand on many of its existing routes, leading to increased flights from Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth to Kuala Lumpur.

The airline’s sister airlines, Thai AirAsia X and Indonesia AirAsia, are also expanding services on their respective routes.

AirAsia X’s growth strategy includes considering more flights on existing popular routes and exploring new destinations across Asia and the Asia Pacific.

Travelers from Australia and New Zealand can connect to over 130 destinations across Asia via AirAsia X’s main hub in Kuala Lumpur, offering competitive prices and value for money.

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