Malaysia’s Malindo Air to commence low-cost flights to Colombo

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Dec 02, 2015 (LBO) – Malaysian low-cost carrier Malindo Air plans to start services from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) in December.

The carrier, a joint venture between Indonesian Lion Air and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defense Industries, will offer daily services using Boeing 737 aircraft and commence flights to Colombo from December 18, according to Air Transport World.

Promotional return tickets from Malaysia to Colombo have been priced at 674 Malaysian Ringgit (160 dollars).

Malindo CEO Chandran Rama Muthy said the carrier is also looking to add new services to medium-haul destinations in Hong Kong, China, and to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, potentially in early 2016.

“We have approval from the Malaysian government to fly to Jeddah and are now working with the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia to get the landing permit,” he said.

The airline also mooted the possibility of expanding its route network in Australia. Earlier this month it launched a new Kuala Lumpur-Perth service, and has said Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are now being investigated as potential destinations.

Chandran noted that as the domestic Malaysian market is becoming saturated, the carrier will focus more on China, India and ASEAN markets.

He said Malindo is keen to position its home base at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) as a key transit hub for the region, especially for relatively under-provisioned routes from Australia to India, including Tiruchy in Tamil Nadu.

“The idea is to grow as far as we can … and back our objective of putting KLIA2 as our transit hub in the region,” he said.

Malindo operates a 27-aircraft fleet of Boeing 737s and ATR 72-600s to domestic and international destinations in Australia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Singapore and Nepal.