by NUR HANANI AZMAN / pic by TMR FILE
MALINDO Air has opened all bookings for its relaunch of the Kuala Lumpur (KL)-Perth-KL service which will commence on March 3, 2022.
This marks the airline’s first destination into Australia after a hiatus of two years due to the international border closure since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
One-way all-in flexi fares on this relaunched route start from RM1,299 for Economy Class and RM2,559 for Business Class, with all-inclusive perks such as 30kg free baggage allowance.
Malindo Air CEO Captain Mushafiz Mustafa Bakri said before the pandemic struck, many Malaysians travelled to Australia for business, visiting family and relatives, for holidays and to pursue their education and vice versa.
“We are aware that the closure of Australia’s borders has been especially challenging for Malaysian students studying in Australia. We need to resume these people-to-people flows to maintain our close and excellent bilateral relationship.
“We are very grateful that the governments have prepared the infrastructure and processes to get ready to do this with mutual recognition of health and vaccination certificates,” he said in a statement last Friday.
It will be a twice-weekly service from March 28 onwards, with frequency to be ramped up to four times weekly.
Malindo Air’s inaugural flight from KL to Perth was on Nov 19, 2015.
The first service, with a full set of vaccinated crews on flight OD155 will depart KL International Airport (KLIA) on Thursday at 6.45pm to Perth, and with a flight time of about five hours and 45 minutes, it will arrive at Perth International
Airport at 12.30am. The returning flight OD156 departs Perth at 1.20am and arrives at KLIA at 7.10am.
The narrow-body Boeing 737-800NG aircraft with a seat capacity of 162, which includes 12 Business Class and 150 Economy Class seats, will be deployed on this relaunched route.
“We are very optimistic about the travel outlook. We anticipate a rebound and an uptick in leisure travel demand which should see business travel pick up again. There are many reasons to be optimistic.
“When we look at passengers carried and advanced bookings, the demand seems stronger than it has been in recent months,” Mushafiz added.
Passengers must comply with entry requirements into Western Australia and are strongly advised to visit: www.smartraveller.gov.au and www.australia.gov.au.