Year 2018 is likely to see two additional -and important- destinations being added to Kuala Lumpur International Airport schedule. A move which will consolidate KLIA hub position in ASEAN.
Malaysia Airlines just announced to be back to Brisbane from KLIA effective 6 June 2018. The four times weekly service will be provided using an A330-300 with up to 290 seats. The airline will be operating every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
MH135 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 9.50am and will arrive Brisbane at 7.55pm the same day. The return flight, MH134 will depart Brisbane at 11.20pm and arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.50am the next day.
Frankfurt will also be back on Kuala Lumpur international network, however on a seasonal basis. The business destination used to be served by both Lufthansa and Malaysia Airlines until 2015. Malaysia Airlines cut the route following its restructuring and Lufthansa pulled out as the German carrier faced the ferocious competition of Gulf carriers as well as Turkish Airlines.
The route will be served now by Condor from 5 November 2018 to 22 April 2019 on board of a Thomas Cook Airlines UK’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The carrier will offer up to three weekly services and will link the flight to packages to leisure destinations within Malaysia- particularly Langkawi, Penang and Kota Kinabalu. The flight will strongly rely on distribution channels of German travel trade and tour operators. Condor is optimistic that the flight could operate with a profit – in contrary to what happened to Lufthansa- due to the lower cost basis of the carrier.
Rumours are also mentioning the possibility of Finnair flying the Helsinki-Kuala Lumpur route as the carrier is working in partnership with MH within the oneworld alliance. The route would open more possibilities for connection to Europe out of Malaysia.
Last year, traffic at MAHB- the Malaysian airports authority- rose by 8.5% to reach 96.5 million passengers, with international traffic growing the most. KLIA is likely to have seen over 55 million passengers. From January to November, total passengers traffic was up by 11.6%.