Skybus ar­rives at Avalon

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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

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