Malindo Air to Commence KL-Kathmandu Service

22nd Jan 2015

The low-cost carrier said that it will operate a daily service between the two capitals starting February 6 this year.

The Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu route is considered to be a lucrative route between Malaysia and the Himalayan country of Nepal. The entry of Malindo Air will add to the growing number of airlines operating on the route. KL-Kathmandu is already being served by three other airlines, namely, Nepal Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and AirAsia X.

Its entry into the Nepali market is expected to trigger price war among airlines operating on the same route. Being a low-cost carrier, Malindo Air seems to have an upper hand over others, especially the two full-service carriers.

The long-haul brand AirAsia X, which is operating as a low-cost carrier, is the only true competitor of Malindo Air on the route.

Malindo Air is now accepting advance bookings for the inaugural flight for as low as RM399 (Rs 10,875) for the economy class seat and RM649 (Rs 17,690) for business class seat. The price is all-inclusive with free baggage allowance, in-flight refreshment, and full-service meal on board.

The off-peak cost for the one-way Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu flight currently stands at Rs23,000 and spikes up to Rs28,000 on peak seasons.

The three existing airlines operating on the route have a combined frequency of 31 flights per week. Other airlines serving Kathmandu are Thai Airways, United Airways, Biman Bangladesh, and Jet Airways.

With Malindo Air's once-daily service and Nepal Airline's planned twice-daily flights, the weekly frequency between the two capitals will increase to 46 as a result.

Travelers on the route will now have more options to choose from between low-cost and full-service carriers.

The falling oil prices in the world market has enabled airlines to heave a sigh of relief and has began to open more routes or increase capacity or frequency. Travelers also expect a decrease in fare rates soon.

Airlines operating on the Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu route has been reaping good margins as an estimated half a million Nepali migrant workers now employed in Malaysia.

Flight will leave Kuala Lumpur every 7:05PM and arrive in Kathmandu at 9:30PM using its brand-new B737-900 jetliner. Return flight leaves 10:20PM and arrives at Kuala Lumpur at 5:15AM.

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