The launch of new Malindo Air flight from Kolkata to Kuala Lumpur on 23 October 2018 spells better connectivity between India and Malaysia, and opens the doors for more Indian tourists wanting to experience the diversity of Malaysia.
“We are happy that Malindo Air has extended its reach into this market and now we feel more committed to promote Malaysia in Eastern India. We hope that this connectivity will encourage more tour operators here to create Malaysia holiday packages for the Kolkata market here,” says Mr. Sulaiman Suip, Tourism Malaysia Director of New Delhi.
Traditionally Indian tourists have a fascination for Kuala Lumpur and the famous Twin Towers, but Mr. Sulaiman believes that Indian tourists will be equally enchanted by the sheer diversity of Malaysia’s other tourism offerings, saying that there’s more that the country has to offer.Mr. Sulaiman says, “We want to introduce Indian tourists to places beyond Kuala Lumpur such as upbeat destinations like Ipoh, Johor, Kota Kinabalu and beautiful unexplored beaches.”
He adds, “Whether you are an ardent traveller or venturing overseas for the first time, Malaysia never fails to surprise you. There is so much that awaits you in the microcosm of Asia. We want our Indian guests to go beyond Kuala Lumpur and return home with unforgettable memories of our beaches, rainforests, national parks, unlimited exotic flora and fauna, shopping, cuisines, theme parks and more.”
Travel to Malaysia for Indian tourists is facilitated by the ease of getting a visa. The hassle-free process of eNTRI which grants Indian tourists a 15-day single entry permit to visit Malaysia and the multiple-entry eVISA help encourage more Indians to explore the destination.
With the availability of more flight options, Malaysia aspires to welcome one million Indian tourists by the year 2020. There was an 14.7 % growth of Indian tourist arrivals from January to June 2018 compared to the same period in the previous year.
Malaysia is a year-round holiday destination due to its sunny, tropical weather. The country is also well connected by air from India, making it convenient to travel even at short notices or for quick getaways.
The Malindo Air Kolkata-Kuala Lumpur route flies five times a week offering a seat capacity of 810 seats. It offers 12 business class and 150 economy class seats. This adds to 74 weekly flights by Malindo Air from nine cities including Kolkata. The new route means Indian tourists can now choose from 225 weekly flights on various airlines to travel from 13 cities nationwide to Kuala Lumpur.