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The first flight into Sydney of the Malaysian based low cost carrier, Air Asia X heralds an exciting new era for international low cost travel to New South Wales, the General Manager of the Tourism Industry Council NSW, Andrew Jefferies has said today.
Air Asia X, the long haul, low cost offshoot of successful Air Asia commenced daily services to Sydney Airport yesterday, a move that will inject a further $138 Million into the New South Wales economy each year.
“The Tourism Industry Council applauds the combined efforts of the New South Wales Government, Destination NSW and Sydney Airport to construct a two year marketing partnership that will help to increase tourism numbers to Sydney and New South Wales and promotes key markets such as Malaysia, China and Singapore”, said Mr Jefferies.
“Air Asia X’s arrival also highlights the strategic efforts to attract greater interest from Low Cost Carriers to Sydney, where previously Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia had outperformed us. However it’s great to see New South Wales proactively targeting the fastest growing sector of the aviation market and attracting business and international tourists through carriers such as Air Asia X and Scoot”, he said.
Singapore Airlines low cost carrier, Scoot, operates its first flight into Sydney on June 26 which is expected to develop additional visitor numbers to New South Wales.