By Shakir Husain
NEW DELHI, India Oct 26 (NNN-Bernama) Tourist arrivals from India to Malaysia are set to rise significantly with the launch of new flights between Kuala Lumpur and three big Indian cities.
Malindo Air on October 22 started its five-times-per-week service between Kuala Lumpur and Kolkata, offering a weekly capacity of 810 seats.
“We are happy that Malindo Air has extended its reach into this market and now we feel more committed to promoting Malaysia in eastern India. We hope that this connectivity will encourage more tour operators here to create Malaysia holiday packages for the Kolkata market,” said Sulaiman Suip, Tourism Malaysia Director in New Delhi.
Malindo’s Kolkata route has increased the airline’s India network to 74 weekly flights connecting nine cities with Malaysia.
Malindo Air Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said India has emerged as an important sector for the airline and he expects the new service to further boost travel between Malaysia and India.
India’s largest low-cost carrier IndiGo is launching daily services on November 15 to connect New Delhi and Bangalore with Kuala Lumpur.
IndiGo Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said last month the Kuala Lumpur route will be popular for the airline as Malaysia offers a “complete package” for business and holiday travellers.
“We see great potential in the India-Malaysia routes due to the extensive cultural, business and tourism links between the two countries,” he said.
Malaysia recorded an increase of 14.7 per cent in Indian tourist arrivals from January to June this year, according to Tourism Malaysia.
Traditionally, Indian tourists have a fascination for Kuala Lumpur and the famous Twin Towers but Malaysia has much more to offer with its diverse attractions, Sulaiman said.
“We want to introduce Indian tourists to places beyond Kuala Lumpur such as Ipoh, Johor, Kota Kinabalu and beautiful unexplored beaches,” he added.NNN-BERNAMA
Source: NAM News Network