Malindo airline set to start operations

Published: February 9, 2016
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LAHORE: 

Malindo, an airline jointly owned by Malaysia and Indonesia, has acquired landing rights in Pakistan, according to the information gathered by the Express Investigation Cell.

Malindo – Mal for Malaysia and Indo for Indonesia ¬ will start offering its budget air services from the next month. The company has already signed an agreement and the ministry of Defence and Civil Aviation Authority have granted the new operators landing rights in a hush-hush deal.

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Industry officials told the Express  Investigation Cell that the airline, considered best in its home skies, will start operations from Lahore next month. The arrangements for the high quality yet inexpensive air services have been finalised, officials said.

The airline is a joint venture of Malaysian and Indonesian investment with 51 and 49 per cent shares respectively.

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The spokesperson of the Civil Aviation Authority Pervaiz George said he could neither confirm nor deny about Malindo starting operations in Pakistan. George said he will need some time to comment about the story.

According to sources, the negotiations were kept secret to avoid any possible hindrances.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2016.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Abbas
    Feb 9, 2016 - 1:05PM

    I have checked on there website. its still more expensive than Thai air.
    Pakistan really need this we pay so much to other flights to visit our own country.
    Which is a shame when I see my friends from India going on a fraction of a price
    on budget airlines it just eats our hearts out.
    I really wish our ruling elite go through this process so they can see the pain.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 9, 2016 - 1:46PM

    ET is making it look as if Malindo is starting an internal Pakistani flight operations. It’s just another foreign airline looking to expand flight operation to and from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 9, 2016 - 2:47PM

    Good more foreign airlines should come to pakistan so that our bad image of hating on foreign people is reduced somewhat.Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Feb 9, 2016 - 3:44PM

    Why not! there is huge potential for budget airlines in Pakistan.Recommend

  • PIA Gamble
    Feb 9, 2016 - 3:49PM

    Bye Bye PIA….Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 9, 2016 - 10:53PM

    @Abbas. I just compared Thai and Malindo. Thai is charging around 73,000 and Malindo is charging around 48,000Recommend

  • Faran
    Feb 10, 2016 - 8:28AM

    I hope they soon start flights to Karachi, for now it is only for Lahore and that too with the difference of only 400 RM, (10k PKR) from PIA. Recommend

  • Abbas
    Feb 10, 2016 - 9:38AM

    @Talha. Please tell me how you have compared it.
    I live in Bangkok,Thailand I compared it on return ticket basis from bkk to lhe,
    the price difference (after all tax addition) is more then 6000 THB (more than 17,000 rupees).
    im getting a ticket of thai return (19,415 THB or 57,427 rupees) Malindo (25,000 THB or 73,700 rupees) this is from their official websites including taxes respectively.

    please tell me where did you get your details as off course 48000 is better then 57,000 any time. Recommend

  • Abbas
    Feb 10, 2016 - 1:38PM

    @Talha, From Bkk to Lhe return difference is approx 17000 rupees from there offical websites.
    please give a link to prove me wrong. Thai airways is charging no more then 58000 or less please correct your information.Recommend

  • optimist
    Feb 10, 2016 - 5:43PM

    @ Abbas

    Stop spreading lies that can be easily checked online. We are happy for your India. Just don’t pretend!Recommend

  • Mark
    May 13, 2016 - 11:38PM

    Do not fly with this airline…I’m warning you now! My wife was wrongfully refused on a flight leaving from Perth to Kl costing us $3000 more in extra flights and a loss of a week’s worth of holiday time. I emailed Malindo four times regarding our situation but didn’t get one reply back. they do not respond to emails ever and change their times, dates and flight schedules without warning or apologies. please make sure that you check the customer reviews who have many bad things to say about this airline such as myself and please—believe us. We aren’t complaining without a reason. Recommend

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