Saturday, March 23, 2013

Malindo Air makes KK transit hub for Indonesian tourists

KOTA KINABALU: Malindo Air is making Kota Kinabalu as a transit hub for tourists from Manado and Makassar, Indonesia to fly to China, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.

Its chief executive officer (CEO), Chandran Rama Muthy, said Malindo Air as the sister company of Lion Air Indonesia, will have the ability to bring passengers from Makassar and Manado in transit using Kota Kinabalu as a hub.

“That’s our plan, and today is just the beginning. We are here and committed with this two-year plan, including introducing Johor to Kota Kinabalu flight by year end.

“Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu is just starting. After Johor to Kota Kinabalu flights, we will have our sister company operating Makassar and Manado flights to this city,” he said.

Chandran said the inaugural flight of Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu landed at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal 1 yesterday.

To date, there are three flights available daily from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and vice versa.

He said there will be at least eight daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and two daily flights from Johor to Kota Kinabalu by the end of the year.