Indonesia AirAsia Extra, the affiliate of AirAsia X announced the first route from Melbourne to its hub in Bali, Indonesia, after been awarded with the air operator’s certificate earlier last month.
The first long-haul low-cost carrier in Indonesia plan to commence its 5-times weekly flight on 26th December 2014.
The maiden route announcement was made by Indonesia AirAsia Extra CEO, Soeratman Doerachman in Jakarta and representing the shareholders, Azran Osman-Rani in Melbourne today. Indonesia AirAsia Extra is the second off-shore hub, following the successful set-up of Thai AirAsia X, and is in line with AirAsia X’s strategy of offering a comprehensive network with seamless connectivity.
Soeratman Doerachman said, “We are thrilled to be the first long-haul low-cost airline in Indonesia and enthusiastic with the launch of our first route. Now Indonesians can enjoy the beautiful capital and populous city in the state of Victoria; and experience what Melbourne has to offer with our low fares. We are also happy to provide more options for Australians to discover the beauty of Asia by a hassle-free connection from Bali to various destinations within the AirAsia Group.”
Azran Osman-Rani said, “We are super excited with the official launch of Indonesia AirAsia Extra today. Our strategy of focusing and dominating our core markets in North Asia and Australia moves to a higher level with our regional expansion in Thailand previously and now Indonesia.
Our investment in neighbouring hubs where established short haul feeder networks are in place, allows us to triple our size without even adding a new market”.
“Foreign tourist arrivals into Bali increased more than 13% last year compared to the previous year with Australian being the highest contributor with more than 25%. We are confident this route will grow even further with our low fares” added Azran.