AirAsia X continues to push hard to add Sydney airport to its Australian destinations from Kuala Lumpur.

Detailing the routes and territories the airline was looking at expanding into, AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani said that offering flights to Australia's largest and most populous city was among the carrier's priorities.

"We are really looking at getting into Sydney," he said, and although its attempts to do so have so far failed to win the approval of the Malaysian authorities, Osman-Rani is hopeful the situation will change.

Japan is another area of expansion for the airline, which will begin services to Osaka from Kuala Lumpur on 30 November, in addition to its current service to Tokyo.

Speaking at the World Low Cost Carriers Congress in London on 21 September, Osman-Rani indicated that AirAsia X has further plans for Japan. He added that passenger numbers have returned following the earthquake and tsunami in March.

When asked whether the carrier would add further Japanese destinations, he said: "Give us another 12 months."

Source: Flight Daily News