In a move that’s expected to bring Australian tourists to Malaysia in greater numbers over the coming months, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air have opted to reinstate a schedule of direct flights connecting Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane.
The service began on 6th June, operating a four-times-weekly schedule. This new service offers an additional 1,160 seats to Australian tourists intending to visit Malaysia. Furthermore, Australians also have an additional 1,125 weekly seats available with Malindo Air’s new daily flights from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur via Denpasar, Indonesia, beginning 7th June 2018.
These latest developments take the total number of flights connecting Australia with Malaysia to 123. Three airlines now run flights along this route (Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air and AirAsia X), offering a total of 37,065 seats every week. Malaysia is now within easy reach from popular Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
“It is no secret that the Australian market has always been an important market for Malaysia. The addition of these flights by Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air will certainly help boost our efforts to attract more Australians to Malaysia,” said Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, who is the Director General of Tourism Malaysia. “I look forward to seeing greater collaboration by the tour and travel industry operators in Australia and Malaysia and I hope they will take this opportunity to develop attractive packages and promote the flow of tourists between the two countries,” he continued.
In 2017, Malaysia welcomed a total of 351,232 Australian tourists. This year, a target of 695,500 has been set by the ministry. With the addition of new flights by several different airlines, Malaysia is on course to meet its targets for 2018.