Malindo Air announced that it will be moving its jet operations to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Main terminal from klia2 terminal starting from 15 March 2016, in an effort to better serve its customers, and position Malindo Air for sustainable, long-term growth.
All Malindo Air flights to and from Kuala Lumpur from 15 March 2016 onwards will be departing from and arriving at KLIA Main Terminal. Guests of Malindo Air are urged to make the necessary transportation and meeting point arrangements accordingly.
The ATR72-600 turbo-prop operations from Subang Airport will not be affected by this relocation.
Mr Chandran Rama Muthy, Chief Executive Officer of Malindo Air said, “We are looking forward to relocating from klia2 to KLIA Main. We hope that in the long term we will be able to contribute positively to the growth of the nation’s aviation and tourism industries, and boost the economic growth of the country further. All our guests will be notified accordingly in due time, to ensure a smooth migration.”
According to Malaysia Airports, this move is in keeping with one of the strategic priorities identified in its five-year business plan (Runway to Success 2020), which is to assist airlines in increasing their connectivity into KUL Hub and enhance the seamless inter- and intra-transfers at both KLIA Main and klia2 terminals. Malindo is now looking to become a code share partner with airlines which used to have a commercial agreement with Malaysia Airlines for connecting passengers. Among them are Qatar Airways, Air Mauritius, KLM or Vietnam Airlines. This will help balancing the absence of Malaysia Airlines which had to severe its ties with its former partners as it signed an agreement with Emirates Airlines.
Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said, “As Malindo Air evolves its business model from a hybrid to a full service airline, there are many premium services demanded by its business class passengers which are more available at KLIA Main. They also require a shorter turnaround time for the transfers in their cooperative engagement with the foreign carriers operating out of KLIA Main. Malaysia Airports is pleased to facilitate Malindo Air’s change in business requirements”.
Malindo Air continues to grow from its Kuala Lumpur based. The carrier added 10 days ago a daily flight to Hong Kong and is starting also a daily frequency to Ho Chi Minh City.