Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines will add three routes to India at the end of the year.
From 8 November, Malaysia Airlines will add a twice-weekly Kuala Lumpur-Amritsar service. Beginning the following day, the oneworld carrier will also start a twice-weekly Kuala Lumpur-Thiruvananthapuram service.
From 1 December, Malaysia Airlines also will once again connect its Kuala Lumpur base with Ahmedabad. This route will operate four times a week.
The flights to Amritsar, Thiruvananthapuram, and Ahmedabad will all see Boeing 737-800 aircraft operating, equipped with 160 seats, comprising 16 seats in business class and 144 seats in economy class.
The expansion will bring Malaysia Airlines’ point-to-point connectivity from Kuala Lumpur to India to nine cities.
The airline currently operates direct flights to New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi.
Malaysia Airlines will run promotional fares to Amritsar, Thiruvananthapuram, and Ahmedabad starting at RM2,999 (US$645) all-in return in business class, and RM999 in economy class, available for purchase from today until 9 September, for travel beginning 8 November to 31 March.
Additionally, customers who book during this period will get up to 50 per cent bonus frequent flyer ‘Enrich’ points.
“India remains a key market for Malaysia Airlines, hence we are delighted to introduce three new routes into our Indian network, which will provide added convenience for travellers, strengthen our presence in this core market and extend our Malaysian Hospitality service even further.
Currently, our average load factor is at 81 per cent […], signifying the growth and confidence for travel between the two markets. We are looking at restoring our pre-Covid capacity back in the Indian market by the end of this year and will also look to increase flight frequencies to other destinations as we support seamless travels in Malaysia and beyond,” commented Datuk Captain Izham Ismail, group managing director of Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG).
Separately, Malaysia Airlines will increase its frequencies on a number of Australasia routes from December.
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne and Sydney will increase from double daily to 15- and 16-weekly, respectively.
Additionally, flights to Guangzhou and Beijing Daxing will go back to daily operations; Shanghai will increase from nine to 10 flights weekly; Hong Kong from 11 to 14 flights weekly; Jakarta from 28 to 35 flights weekly; Bangkok from 34 to 42 flights weekly; and Ho Chi Minh City from 15 to 19 flights weekly.