IndiGo’s inaugural flight to Kuala Lumpur (KUL), its 12th international destination, on November 26, 2018, flew 180 passengers on its Airbus A320 aircraft from Delhi, India. Simultaneously, KL International Airport second terminal (KLIA2) continues to enhance connectivity and position Malaysia as a preferred global hub by welcoming IndiGo.
The historical moment of the aircraft’s arrival at KUL’s second terminal, KLIA was witnessed by the YB Loke Siew Fook, Minister of Transport; Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin, Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports; and William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer of IndiGo.
Speaking on the new flight route, Boulter said, “We are delighted to receive a warm welcome from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board. IndiGo will operate its daily non-stop flights from Kuala Lumpur- Bengaluru and Kuala Lumpur-Delhi effectively November 15. Malaysia provides a complete package for business travellers, holidayers, 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.”
In his officiating speech, Fook said, “KLIA has seen a tremendous growth with a 6.9% passenger growth as at October 2018 for the last twelve-month cycle. From India in 2017, Malaysia has received more than 1.4 million inbound passengers through our local carriers. It was a 13.5% growth from 2016. 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 IndiGo to the KLIA family will help contribute to strengthening the airport’s and Malaysia’s position as a strong hub within the region.”
Azmi congratulated the new airline partner and said, ”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%. In an effort to increase Based on this, Malaysia Airports has 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.”