Melbourne celebrated the arrival of the first Malindo Air service from Kuala Lumpur via Denpasar on 7 June. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially launch the new connections were Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO, Malindo Air (centre) and Lyell Strambi, CEO Melbourne Airport (right).
- Malindo Air has introduced its first flights to Melbourne (MEL), after beginning daily services from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on 7 June. The Malaysian operator will serve the 6,341-kilometre Kuala Lumpur connection with 737-900s via Denpasar (DPS) in Bali. It faces incumbent competition between Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne in the form of AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines which both offer double-daily direct flights. On the direct 4,379-kilometre sector from Denpasar to Melbourne there is competition from Jetstar Airways with double-daily services and Garuda Indonesia with eight weekly frequencies. “We are thrilled to secure Malindo Air at Melbourne Airport, in a move that creates more choice and frequency for travellers flying to and from Indonesia and beyond,” said Simon Gandy, Chief of Aviation, Melbourne Airport. “We are extremely excited by this prospect, considering passenger traffic between Victoria and Indonesia has been growing at 8.6% per annum in the past five years. This highlights we are rapidly filling current capacity, the strong travel demand in the route and reinforces Victoria’s fascination with the leisure hotspot. The full-service carrier also opens up connections to Indonesia and beyond, with opportunities for Victorians to explore other Indonesian leisure destinations, such as the world’s largest Buddhist temple in Yogyakarta, Central Java.”