PETALING JAYA, Dec 6 (Bernama) -- Malindo Air, a premium airline in Malaysia, has commence its inaugural flight to Tawau this morning. Flight OD1700 departed from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) at 8:10a.m. and arrived Tawau Airport at 9:00a.m.
The returning flight OD1701 from Tawau is scheduled at 9:40a.m. and will arrive in KKIA at 10:40a.m. A narrow-body Boeing 737-800 aircraft, comprising of 12 Business Class and 150 Economy Class seats is deployed for the daily flight.
Chandran Rama Muthy, CEO of Malindo Air said, “We are thrilled to start our connection to Tawau, the second city that we fly to in Sabah. At Kota Kinabalu, we have direct connection to Kuching, Singapore, Taipei, Wuhan, ChongQing, as well as 5 daily flights to Kuala Lumpur that link our passengers to our network ranging from ASEAN to Australia. We are anticipating business travellers, VFR (Visit Friends & Relative) and leisure travellers for this route.”
According to Malaysia Airports acting group chief executive officer, Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin, “As the airport operator, we are more than happy and supportive of Malindo Air’s move to open this new domestic route from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau. This also complements the Visit Tawau Year 2018/2019, which we strongly believe will attract higher passenger traffic domestically particularly leisure travellers. In fact, as of October 2018, Tawau Airport registered 1.3 million passengers, which is an 18% increase from the previous year for both its international and domestic route. We believe that with this strategic move, it will further elevate Sabah's tourism and bring more economic benefits to the state.”
Tawau is strategically located at the borders of Malaysia, Indonesia and Philipines. It is a popular transit point for cargo traffic and for tourist headed for beaches and diving activities at Semporna.
The flights between Kota Kinabalu and Tawau are offered at promotional all-in one way fare of RM99 for Economy Class and RM399 for Business Class. The fare includes spacious legroom, 25kg baggage allowance for Economy Class and 40kg for Business Class. Booking can be done through Malindo Air website www.malindoair.com, ticketing offices, customer care centre and our preferred travel agents.
Malindo Air schedule between Kota Kinabalu and Tawau
*All timings stated are local time in 24-hour format.
About Malindo Air
Malindo Air is a Malaysian airline with main hubs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the convenient KL downtown city airport Subang Skypark in Selangor, Malaysia. The airline took to the skies in March 2013 with domestic flights and has since grown to operate routes to all major airports in Malaysia and across the continents of Asia and Australia. The fleet itself has grown exponentially to 13 ATR72-600 and 29 Boeing 737 as of Oct 2018. The airline also obtained the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
Today, the airline operates over 800 flights weekly across a continuously growing network of about 57 routes in the region. Also an IATA airline member, Malindo Air codeshare with Turkish Airline, Lion Air, Batik Air, as well as an interlining partner to Xiamen Air, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Turkish Airline, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Oman Air.
Malindo Air has recently won Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) 2019 and Best International Flight Ad of “The Exquisite Pic Award” by Thomas Edison Advertisement (TEA) Awards. Previous awards included Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) 2018 Four Star Major Regional Airline Recognition and Malaysia Best Employer Brand Awards 2018, CAPA’s 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year, New Comer of the Year, Australia 2016/17 by Expedia.com., TOP Recognition - Malaysia SME® Preferred Airline Partner, Airline of the Year (Passenger) at the KLIA Awards 2014 and Top Performing Airline 2015 by Travelport.
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Source: Malindo Air
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