Tourism Australia MD Andrew McEvoy, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (07-Aug-2013) LCCs are continuing to expand to/from the Australian market, particularly the low-cost long-haul operations, including AirAsiaX and Jetstar Group.
Tourism Australia sees strong growth from low cost long-haul operators
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