Malacca airport seeks flights to Guangzhou and Ho Chi Minh City
Thursday, 2 July 2015

MALACCA: Malacca International Airport (LTAM) is discussing with the airline companies to use the airport to fly to Guangzhou, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

State Transport and Project Rehabilitation Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong, said LTAM was also eyeing Medan, Palembang and Surabaya in Indonesia.

“So far the discussions are positive,” he told a media briefing here yesterday.

Currently, Malindo Air flies from LTAM to Kota Baru, Penang and Pekan Baru, Indonesia.

Lim said that LTAM recorded 24,616 passenger departures and 28,275 arrivals since the commencement of Malindo Air’s operations on Nov 5, 2014 until May 15 this year.

Lim said that the state government planned to launch flights to various Unesco sites.

He said among them were ngkor Wat in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia and Luang Prabang in Laos.

He said that the proposal was also in line with Malaysia taking over chairmanship of Asean.

In addition to this, Lim said that Malacca, an Unesco heritage site, was working to promote ties with other sites.

“This will allow tourists to LTAM as the gateway to other Unesco heritage sites in other Asean member countries,” he said. – Bernama

Malindo Air launches weekly Penang-Melaka, Pekanbaru flights
NOVEMBER 5, 2014

MELAKA, Nov 5 — Malaysia’s hybrid airline, Malindo Air, has launched its five-weekly flights from the Melaka International Airport, Batu Berendam here to Penang and Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said the flights, using the 72- ATR-72-600 aircraft, were on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday and Sundays.

The Penang-Melaka flight, which takes one hour and 20 minutes, leaves at 10.10am and returns at 3.15pm while the Melaka-Pekanbaru flight, which takes one hour and five minutes, leaves at 11.50am and returns at 12.50pm.

Speaking to reporters after receiving passengers on the inaugural Penang-Melaka light here today, Chandran said the initial flights were over 90 per cent full.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron was on hand to greet the 70 passengers upon arrival at 11.30am.

Chandran said the Penang-Melaka air fare was RM79 one way while the Melaka-Pekanbaru flight cost RM70 one way.

He said Malindo Air planned to increase the frequency of both flights to six times weekly within the first six months due to growing interest in Melaka as a health tourism destination and a world heritage site among Indonesians, particularly those from Pekanbaru.

Malindo Air also plans to introduce the Melaka-Kota Baharu on Nov 21, he added.

Malindo Air has 18 planes, comprising 11 ATR-72-600 and seven Boeing 737s. — Bernama

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