Malindo seeks bigger share of Indian market


With the aim of bagging a big share of the market for air travel between India and Malaysia, Malaysian carrier Malindo Air is all set to launch at the end of this month daily flights from here to the South-East Asian country. The nine-month-old airline will begin its daily, direct Kuala Lumpur-Delhi flights from December 30 with plans to launch services from Tiruchirapalli and Ahmedabad in January 2014. Daily flights between Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur will begin from February, 2014.

“We are also planning to start flights from Cochin, Pune, Chennai, Madurai and Amritsar subject to availability of aircraft and permission to operate from those cities,” Chief Executive Officer of Malindo Air, Chandra Rama Murthy, told reporters. He said that the airline expects to fly around 2.5 lakh of the estimated 3 lakh travellers who are likely to fly from India to Malaysia in view of the Malaysian government’s ‘Visit Malaysia’ campaign to boost tourism.

Expressing confidence about Malindo Air’s survival in the difficult Indian aviation market with its higher operating costs, Murthy said, “We are not worried… We believe we are here to stay, with our reasonable fares and lower cost of operation”. He also said Malindo Air was open to interline or code- sharing partnerships, but was not keen on doing it with AirAsia India, which is begin its domestic operations soon.

Read the full report here, Economic Times


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