Malindo awaits final nod to start flights to India
MALAYSIA'S hybrid airline Malindo Air is in the final stage of getting approval from India's authority to start operating flights to the country.
Its chief executive officer Chandran Ramamuthy said among the destinations the airline is looking at are Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi.
"We are waiting for approval and we expect to know the outcome in the next one or two months," he said after the official opening of its airport ticketing office at Senai International Airport here yesterday.
The airline currently flies to 12 destinations, of which 11 are domestic and one international.
"We will start our international inaugural flight to Dhaka next Wednesday.
"By October, we expect to introduce another international destination," he added.
Chandran said by the end of this year, Malindo Air will have 20 routes, of which 60 per cent will be domestic destinations.
On the company's expansion plan, he said the airline will be receiving two new ATR72-600 aircraft next month and will also be introducing new routes.
The company aims to fly 1.5 million passengers by year-end from about 300,000 passengers currently.
"Next year, our target is to have three million passenger volume and we believe we can achieve it as we will have additional 10 aircraft next month," he added.
Meanwhile, Chandran said Malindo Air will be opening more airport ticketing offices in stages to the destinations it flies to as it now has the size and scale as well as the routes to expand its reach. Bernama