MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) will expand its network further in the coming months, with a new connection to Kochi and a reintroduction of Darwin-bound flights.
Beginning September 1, MAS will operate daily flights linking Kuala Lumpur and Kochi in India.
Luxury Tours Malaysia manager, Ganneesh Ramaa, said: “MAS’ new flights to Kochi will complement AirAsia’s services (on the same route). With increased seat capacity and a premium airline servicing the Kuala Lumpur-Kochi route, it will be easier to promote Malaysia to business and MICE travellers from Kochi.”
From November 1, MAS will reinstate services to Darwin, having ceased services to Australia’s Northern Territory in 2002. The airline’s 160-seater Boeing 737-800 will be utilised for the five weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur and Darwin.
MAS had earlier announced it was reviving its daily Kuala Lumpur-Dubai services on August 5 (TTG Asia e-Daily, June 27, 2013), which it had suspended in January 2012.
Andy Muniandy, director of sales and business development at Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, said: “MAS has been long established on the Kuala Lumpur-Dubai route and is well-known in the market. I think it will be quite easy for them to re-establish themselves in the market.
He added: “It is also a good move to reinstate this route as Dubai is a regional hub for the Middle East. Many European airlines and other Middle Eastern carriers fly to Dubai and passengers can take a direct, connecting flight to Kuala Lumpur on MAS.”