Skybus arrives at Avalon
A new SkyBus service will run between Melbourne’s CBD and Avalon, making it quicker, easier and cheaper to get to the growing airport.
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined SkyBus operators on the tarmac to announce the new service and says the Avalon service has gone from strength to strength.
“This is fabulous news for the airport and the local community,” he says.
“SkyBus’ decision to extend its services to Avalon Airport is a vote of confidence in the region and the airport. Avalon is a gateway to some of our most prized tourist destinations.
“A busier Avalon Airport means
visitors from around Australia coming to Victoria to see the best of everything we offer.”
Avalon Airport now offers Jetstar services to Hobart, Adelaide, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
The SkyBus Avalon Express replaces existing services currently linking Avalon Airport and the city.
Passengers will be able to use the new Airport Gateway facilities at Southern Cross Station, use free WI- FI, and easily access ticketing options.
The Victorian Government claims to have secured an additional 173,000 aeroplane seats for Victoria, which has an estimated economic impact of between $ 386 million and $ 575 million over the last two years.
The new SkyBus Avalon Express service begins on February 1.
Skybus also recently launched its ‘Alipay’ payment platform partnership, allowing tourists to pay for travel to and from Melbourne Airport quickly and easily. Alipay is the world’s largest third- party payment platform, dedicated to provide simple, safe and convenient online and mobile payment solutions. The payment platform now allows users to pay for SkyBus as well as multiple other goods and services quickly and easily using their smartphones.
Alipay paypoints will be available for passengers to use from ticket counters at both Southern Cross Station and Melbourne Airport.
Speaking on the new payment service, SkyBus director Michael Sewards says, “The Chinese tourism market here in Melbourne is growing month by month, and we at SkyBus want to make it even easier for visitors when they need to get to or from the airport.
“Alipay is secure, fast, and efficient. With thousands of restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and more on board, we feel it is essential to be a part of that lifestyle to make journeys as fl awless as possible for our passengers with safe, secure payment options.”
Kiki Wu of Alipay Australasia is thrilled to announce the partnership, saying: “Alipay is dedicated to providing travellers the kind of convenience they are used to at home.”
According to Tourism Victoria, Melbourne is the most popular destination in Australia for Chinese tourists, who spent $2.3 billion in the year ending September 2016 and hold a 33 per cent share of international expenditure in Victoria.
This figure is more than the next six markets combined.
All customers, from China or elsewhere, can now pay for their SkyBus tickets through Alipay at SkyBus ticket booths located at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross station.
A new SkyBus service will run between Melbourne’s CBD and Avalon