At an apparently very relaxed press conference at Malacca Airport, key stakeholders share with the audience details of Malindo Air’s new five times weekly services to Pekanbaru and Penang, both of which started on 5 November.
- Malindo Air has added two new regional links to its Malaysian network. On 5 November the LCC added five times weekly ATR 72 service from Malacca (MKZ) to Pekanbaru (PKU) in Indonesia and Penang (PEN) in Malaysia. Neither the 401-kilometre domestic service to Penang, nor the 219-kilometre service to Pekanbaru faces any competition. According to local news sources these are the airport’s first commercial flights since March of this year. Since then the airport, which had undergone a major upgrade to its terminal and had its runway lengthened, has seen no commercial services. One of the issues is that Malacca International Airport is only just over 80 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur’s main airport and just over 110 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport. These two new routes are actually operated with Kuala Lumpur Subang (SZB) based aircraft using the following routing: SZB-PEN-MKZ-PKU-MKZ-PEN-SZB. See how Malacca Airport’s fire truck water arch salute compares to others from around the world this week.