Australia's Melbourne Airport executive GM corporate & aeronautical development Nathan Agnew, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (09-Aug-2013) “we have noticed an increasing focus on freight” when it comes to attracting airlines to the airport, which had made the airport “put more focus on freight” than has been the case in the past.
Melbourne Airport: 'We have noticed an increasing focus on freight'
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Lion Group launched services to Australia in late 2015 when its Malaysian full service airline, Malindo Air, launched services from Kuala Lumpur to Perth. Malindo is planning to adopt the Batik Malaysia brand in 2017 and expand its Australia network.
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The full service subsidiary Batik Air has encountered delays in commencing operations to Australia and India but remains keen on serving both markets with multiple destinations. Meanwhile, its Malaysian affiliate Malindo Air is jump starting the group’s entrance in the Indonesia-Australia market with a new fifth freedom route from Bali to Brisbane, which will be launched on 31-Mar-2017.
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