Malindo Air Launches Inaugural Flight To Varanasi

Sights Syahirah Mokhtazar 23-Jul-2019

Malaysian-Indonesian airline Malindo Air has launched its inaugural flight to the sacred city – Varanasi, India recently.

Nishit Kumar Ujjwal, Counsellor (Community Affairs, Education & Labour), High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur and Mark Anthony, General Manager of Operations, Malindo Air sent off its first flight, OD290 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Upon its arrival at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, the milestone was celebrated with a water cannon salute, followed by a welcoming ceremony to the passengers at the arrival gate.

CEO of Malindo Air, Chandran Rama Muthy said, “India is a significant market to us. Just as its neighbouring cities, the potential is foreseen on both, inbound and outbound travellers on leisure, business, as well as visiting friends & families purposes. However Varanasi may have the added advantage in terms of demand as it is also primarily a sacred pilgrimage destination for Hindus around the world.”

(L-R Mr Nishit Kumar Ujjwal, Counsellor, Community Affairs, Education & Labour, High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur , Mr Mark Anthony Nathan, General Manager, Ground Operations, Malindo Air)

“We are honoured to be the only Malaysian carrier operating directly between Kuala Lumpur and Varanasi. I believe our objectives are in line with our government’s Tourism and Economic agenda, which is to entice more visitors into Malaysia hence boosting economic conditions and increasing passengers’ arrivals at KLIA, which is envisioned to be the main regional hub of Asia,” he continued.

“Given our wholesome services that cater for passengers’ respective needs, we believe the additional connectivity also creates additional gateway for international travellers to explore beyond Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

According to the Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports, Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin, Malindo is the first in Malaysia and the 4th in the Southeast Asia Region to introduce the route.

Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India, located at the banks of the Ganges River in Northern India. The sacred water of Ganges River attracts Hindu pilgrims to bath and perform funerals rites.

It is the tenth city that Malindo Air flies to, after Amritsar, New Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Tiruchirappali, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai (code share with Batik Air).

(Source: Malindo Air)