MALINDO Air is set for a busy year ahead with plans to grow its passenger capacity to three million, increase seats to 120,000 and add 14 aircraft to its fleet by end-2014.
“We received two new ATR72-600 aircraft yesterday, increasing our fleet size to 11. We’re targeting to have an additional 14 aircraft by end-2014, making the total 25,” said chief executive officer Chandran Ramamurthy at the launch, here, of Malindo’s inaugural flight to New Delhi yesterday.
The carrier will also launch flights from Kuala Lumpur to Trichy, Mumbai and Ahmedabad in the first quarter of next year.
“We are also targeting to launch second-tier flights to India, to destinations like Amritsar, Pune and Chennai, by the second half of next year,” he said.
The two aircraft received yesterday will also be used for routes to Batam, Medan and Pekan Baru in Indonesia starting next month.
Chandran is confident that Malindo will be able to achieve its one million passengers target in early 2014 and three million by year-end.
“We currently have a 60,000-seat capacity and we are going to double that to 120,000 in 2014. With that, coupled with increasing our routes, I am confident that we will hit three million passengers by year-end,” said Chandran.
Malindo Air, which began its services in Malaysia in March this year, has seen significance growth in its operations, a fact that did not went unnoticed by Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, who was also at the launch.
“(The) Transport Ministry will always lend support and encouragement to airlines in their quest to increase their routes and capacity.
“Indirectly, more routes mean more frequencies and better connectivity and, therefore, more options for consumers to choose. This trend will create healthy competition that will result in competitive prices being offered, meaning low fares,” he said.
Malindo Air’s twice daily flights to New Delhi started yesterday.