Malindo Air launched services between Kuala Lumpur and Labuan on 2 August. Officials including Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin, acting Group CEO of Malaysia Airports (left); Tuan Hj Khalid, Minister of Wilayah Persekutuan (centre) and Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO of Malindo Air (second right), celebrate the launch with the ceremonial exchange of a model 737-800. The carrier plans to serve the city pair daily on a year-round basis.
- Malindo Air, launched year-round domestic flights between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Labuan (LBU) on 2 August. The 1,527-kilometre route is operated daily using a 737-800. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia already serve the city pair, with 13 and 10 frequencies per week respectively. The outbound service departs Kuala Lumpur at 12:30, arriving in Labuan at 15:00. The return trip leaves at 15:45, touching down in the Malaysian capital at 18:15. Speaking at the launch, Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin, acting group CEO, Malaysia Airports, stated: “We applaud the move by Malindo Air for opening up the route from Kuala Lumpur to Labuan as the island is a strategic location with its own strength in attracting both leisure and business travellers. In 2017 alone, Labuan Airport managed a total of 577,459 passengers, with the specific sector of KUL-LBU accounting for at least 75% of the total load. We hope that with this additional route, air connectivity within Malaysia will be strengthened as we aim to make the country a global hub.” See how Labuan Airport’s FTWA compare to others from around the world.