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Malindo announces Jakarta, Bali services
S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur, September 3, 2013

MALINDO Air is adding another two international destinations to its network following the launch of its maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur to Dhaka on August 28 (TTG Asia e-Daily, August 14, 2013).


Daily Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta flights will begin on September 23 and Kuala Lumpur-Bali services on September 26. Both will be operated with 180-seater Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.


Inbound travel consultants in Malaysia said they would leverage Malindo’s new flights to sell packages including destinations beyond the country’s capital.


Raaj Navaratnaa, general manager of Johor-based New Asia Tours & Travel, said he would promote packages combining a one-night stay in Kuala Lumpur with two nights in Johor, as well as target Indonesian families with packages bundling Legoland and the Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park.


Meanwhile, Andy Muniandy, director of sales and business development at Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, said: “Indonesians from Bali and Jakarta usually come to Kuala Lumpur for shopping. For those who wish to stay beyond the average two or three nights, we will push East Malaysia, as Malindo offers good airfares from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah and Sarawak.”


With increased seat capacity between both countries, Ally Bhoonee, executive director of World Avenues, said he hopes to see 10 per cent year-on-year growth in the number of Indonesian travellers to Malaysia.


The company set up a marketing office in Jakarta two years ago.

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