Passengers on Malindo Air’s inaugural flight to Phuket from Kuala Lumpur were greeted at the airport by this banner. The four times weekly 737-800 service will face competition from AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines.
- Malindo Air has made Phuket (HKT) its third destination in Thailand with the launch of a four times weekly service from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on 10 November. The LCC already serves Bangkok Don Mueang (since 24 April 2014) and Chiang Mai (since 30 October 2016). The new 705-kilometre link is already flown by AirAsia (31 times weekly) and Malaysia Airlines (20 times weekly). Malindo Air will fly the new route on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with its two-class 737-800s featuring 12 business class seats and 150 economy class seats. CEO of Malindo Air, Chandran Rama Muthy, said: “Malindo Air has seen significant growth by expanding our regional footprint rapidly to provide more opportunities for business and leisure travellers alike. The services we provide will foster the development of tourism industry for both Malaysia and Thailand, as we are able to provide connectivity from Thailand not just to Malaysia but beyond, to Indonesia, Australia and India which are also within our network of services.” He added: “Phuket has got some of the best restaurants in Thailand, unforgettable sunsets, glorious beaches, fantastic luxury resorts, world-class live performances, unique eco-tours and some of the best diving sites in the world. Within each of these categories, there are also a great many choices. Travellers wishing to explore the beauty of Phuket, a renowned holiday destination in Thailand, are sure to enjoy premium services when traveling with Malindo Air.” Malindo Air now serves 30 destinations non-stop from Kuala Lumpur’s main airport. Between Malaysia and Thailand the carrier has an estimated 10% of the market (based on seat capacity), behind AirAsia (42%), Malaysia Airlines (20%) and Thai AirAsia (14%) and just ahead of Thai Airways (9%).