Malindo Air starts Sri Lankan service

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  • Malindo Air has begun daily flights on 18 December on the 2,464-kilometre route between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Colombo (CMB) in Sri Lanka. The route will be operated by the hybrid carrier’s 737-800s and faces competition from SriLankan Airlines (double-daily service), Malaysia Airlines (11 weekly flights) and AirAsia (daily flights). Flights depart Kuala Lumpur’s klia2 terminal at 22:00 local time arriving in Colombo at 23:55. The return flight departs Sri Lanka at 23:55, getting back to the Malaysian capital at 06:15. According to Flightradar24.com the inaugural outbound flight departed 52 minutes late, and arrived 38 minutes late into Colombo. This brings to 20 the number of destinations now served by Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur, of which seven are in India and four are in Malaysia. Since launching operations from Kuala Lumpur Sepang Airport in March 2013 the airline has started a total of 27 routes, of which seven are no longer operating. Another new international route to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is scheduled to start at the end of January.

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