Malaysian airline Malindo Air is looking to add more services to and from Malacca International Airport (LTAM). The carrier is particularly looking towards Indonesia, where it has plans to open routes from Malacca to Medan and Batam. In addition, Malindo Air could be opening a new route from this state to Singapore, most likely to Changi Airport there.
Malindo Air Eager for New Routes to Indonesia
According to Chief Minister of Malacca Datuk Seri Idris Haron, the carrier is eager to bring at least to new flights for Malaysia, as well as to Sumatra, Indonesia.
Speaking about this at the recent weekly expo meeting he presided over, Idris said:
We had a positive meeting with the company and they are keen to maximize the number of flights to our airport. The airline is looking at Medan and Batam in Indonesia as part of their route expansion exercise which will yield more tourist arrivals to the state.
In addition, Idris also mentioned Singapore as another possible route that Malacca wishes to take a part of, and as a result, alleviate the traffic jam caused by the number of vehicles going into Malacca during peak periods.
Singapore Also in Plans for Malindo as its Next Route
Idris also said direct flights between Changi Airport in Singapore and Malacca International Airport would bring an increasing number of passengers from Singapore and that this would help the local economy.
However, there is a small caveat to all of this, Idris pointed out:
The only setback is that Singapore does not allow propeller-powered aircraft and we have to look at placing jets in servicing the route.
At the moment, Malindo Air serves three routes from Mallaca International Airport. These would be: Malacca to Kota Baru, Malacca to Penang and Malacca to Pekanbaru in Indbonesia.