New Asian destinations for Australian travellers

27th Jul 2012

Cheap flights to more exotic Asian destinations are on the cards for Australians as the budget airline war intensifies.

AirAsia X already flies to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast with the Malaysian-based low-cost airline set to open new hubs in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines over the next two years with direct flights from Australia.

New budget airlines and fresh routes mean travellers are already enjoying record low airfares to and within Asia and now AirAsia X is planning to add even more flights and more cities to its list of destinations, a welcome boost for Australians looking to book city breaks in the region.

AirAsia X's CEO Azran Osman Rani said it was negotiating with various hubs as part of a strategy to increase the number of flights between Australian cities and Asian destinations.

Other new moves include the recent launch of Jetstar Japan, which is offering flights up to 50% cheaper than full-service alternatives, while Jetstar Hong Kong hopes to begin services next year.

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