Malindo Air adds Pakistan to its Route Map

10th Mar 2016

Announcing Pakistan as the newest destination for his company to fly to, Malindo Air Chief Executive Officer Rama Muthy said this will be a historic milestone for the low cost carrier.

Muthy said:

Since its inception in 2012, Malindo Air has made rapid growth. Our current fleet consists of 16 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft and 11 ATR 72-100 turboprop aircraft.

The CEO of Malindo Air added:

The airline operates short and medium haul flights to Malaysian and regional destinations including Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Australia and Vietnam.

Deputy Minister Kaprawi Praised Malindo’s Decision to add Pakistan to its Route Map

Deputy Minister of Transportation in Malaysia, Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi praised the decision by low-cost carrier Malindo Air to start flying to Pakistan, saying that the move will boost both tourism in both Malaysia and Pakistan.

Deputy Minister explained that this decision will particularly interest Sikh nationals in Malaysia, who will now be able to visit their holy sites in Pakistan with more ease. In addition, he said, the Malaysian business community could see great benefits in exploring the trade potential between these two countries.

Mr. Kaprawi said:

One of the core components of the tourism industry is the airline; its main mode of transportation from one country to another. It contributes, without any doubt, to the accelerated growth of a country’s tourism.

He also added:

In Malaysia, tourism industry is deemed as one of the most important economic contributors in the country’s GDP. According to statistics, Malaysia attracted 27 million international tourists in 2014, up 6.7 per cent compared to 2013. Total international tourist receipts for Malaysia increased 3.9 per cent to RM60.6 billion ($19 billion) in 2014. Last year, Malaysia recorded 60,000 tourist arrivals from Pakistan.

A big part in this, he said, played the ‘Visit Malaysia Year’, which allowed more tourists to arrive in Malaysia, thanks to the wide accessibility options and promotion deals offered by airline companies here.

Regarding this, Kaprawi said:

Collaborations with airlines to organize familiarization trips, effective advertising, promotional campaigns by airlines and trade seminars also contribute to the increase.

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