THE response to Malindo Air's flights to Jakarta and Bali has been very encouraging that the airline has plans to increase the frequencies to both destinations from once a day currently.
Its chief executive officer Chandran Rama-murthy said more flights between Kuala Lumpur and the two cities will ensure more convenient travel for both business and leisure travellers.
"This will further reinforce Kuala Lumpur's position as an important Asian gateway," he said.
In fact, Malindo Air's inaugural flights to Jakarta and Bali on September 23 and 26, respectively, was a success.
Both flights, which carried invited media personnels, had high passenger load comprising tourists and Malaysians.
With the leg room, comfort, inflight entertainment, light refreshment for economy- class passengers and a full meal for business-class passengers, the all-inclusive one-way fare of RM99 on its brand new Boeing 737-900ER is a steal.
The flights to Jakarta and Bali are the latest additions to Malindo Air's services in the region, which is part of its long-term plan to convert Kuala Lumpur into a regional transit hub. The services between KL to Jakarta and KL to Bali will allow convenient connectivity for passengers on the Dhaka to KL service as well as its other routes.
Malindo Air currently has nine aircrafts, including six Boeing 737-900ERs and three ATR72-600s.
The airline will be adding 100 new planes over the next 10 years, and by 2015 it plans to own a 787 Dreamliner.
Meanwhile, Malindo Air communications director Raja Sa'adi Raja Amrin said the routes in the pipeline include India and Southern China. "In the meantime, I cannot disclose when we will open for India and Southern China as they are pending approval from the authorities."
On a separate press conference, Ngurah Rai Denpasar Airport general manager Efferson Siregar said the airport is currently undergoing a three trillion rupiah airport expansion.
"This is to cater to the ever-increasing flights and passengers pouring into Bali. Currently, the airport has only one runway, it handles 23 incoming and outgoing flights every hour," he said, adding that the airport expansion is expected to be completed by May 2014.