Malindo Air take-off from Subang Skypark in June?
Malindo Air will operate from Skypark Terminal in Subang starting June this year to serve passengers in Malaysia and Indonesia. It is understood that Malindo Air is in the final stage of negotiations with the Department of Civil Aviation for approval to fly from the airport.
Skypark Terminal is now operated by general aviation companies such as Berjaya Air and FireFly. It also serves turboprop flights. Sources said Malindo Air is expected to obtain the approval to fly from Skypark Terminal next month. Malindo Air is eyeing Skypark Terminal to serve new destinations in Malaysia and Indonesia, they added.
“The idea is to bring people from small cities in Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur, and connect them to international flights via its parent company, Lion Air,” one source said. He added that Malindo Air is targeting Sumatra due to its market size. The airline’s chief executive officer Chandran Ramamuthy declined to deny nor confirm when contacted yesterday.
“We are expanding but I will not comment on whether or not we are going to operate from Skypark Terminal. We are looking to build the airline business by riding on the strength of Lion Air,” Chandran told Business Times.
Malindo Air is 51 per cent-controlled by National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd and 49 per cent by Lion Air of Indonesia. Its entry marks a milestone in Malaysia’s aviation industry as now the country has a third full-fledged airline after AirAsia Bhd and Malaysian Airline System Bhd.
Malindo Air started flights on March 22 from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang. It offers four daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching, and three daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu using two Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.
Headquartered in Jakarta, Lion Air is Indonesia’s largest privately run airline with the biggest domestic market share. The airline flies to several cities in Indonesia, and to Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. It has a few charter routes to China and Hong Kong. As of December 2012, the Lion Air’s fleet is the world’s largest customer of Boeing 737-900ER.
Source: The New Straits Times – http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/20130411004819/Article/index_html