KL International Airport (KUL) continues to enhance connectivity and position Malaysia as a preferred global hub by welcoming IndiGo, India’s largest airline. The airline’s inaugural flight to KUL (IndiGo’s 12th international destination) on November 15, 2018 flew 180 passengers on its Airbus A320 aircraft from Delhi, India. It arrived at KUL’s second terminal, klia2, witnessed by Minister of Transport YB Loke Siew Fook, acting Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin and Chief Commercial Officer of IndiGo William Boulter.
YB Loke said, “India has always been an attractive market to Malaysian carriers. It is my aspiration to see the continued growth of Malaysian aviation and I have no doubt that the addition of India’s largest airline to the KLIA family will help contribute to strengthen the airport’s and Malaysia’s position as a strong hub within the region.”
Raja Azmi congratulated the new airline partner, saying, “India is one of our target destination markets in growing the connectivity at KUL. In its traffic forecast for 2017-2040, Airports Council International projects that India will be the second fastest growing country in the world for passenger traffic at 7.5%. Based on this, in an effort to increase increased connectivity at KUL we have joined hands with Tourism Malaysia through the Joint International Tourism Development Programme (JITDP). JITDP will have a combined fund of RM15 million, RM7.5 million of which is contributed by Malaysia Airports. Beneficiaries of this fund will include airlines, tour operators, charterers, travel management companies, travel agencies.”
Speaking on the new flight route, Boulter said, “We are delighted to receive a warm welcome from KL International Airport and the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board. IndiGo will operate its daily non-stop flights from Kuala Lumpur-Bengaluru and Kuala Lumpur-Delhi effective November 15. Malaysia provides a complete package for business travellers, holiday-makers, and the meeting and conference segment. We see great potential on the India-Malaysia route due to the extensive cultural, business and tourism links between the two countries.”
Chief Commercial Officer of IndiGo William Boulter giving his speech
He further added, “IndiGo has completed 12 years of successful operations in the India market and adding Kuala Lumpur to its network will further augment the regional connectivity that we aspire to provide to our customers. IndiGo will continue to provide an on-time, courteous and hassle-free service, and affordable fares to our customers, as always.”
IndiGo will be operating its non-stop flights between Kuala Lumpur (KUL)-Bengaluru (BLR) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL)-Delhi (DEL) daily from klia2.