Batik Air Malaysia has rolled out non-stop flights between Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Adelaide.
The Malaysian carrier, formerly Malindo Air, will operate three times per week between Adelaide and the Malaysian capital. Its first flight on the route, OD121 from KL, touched down in Adelaide at 8:20am on Friday morning on board the 737 MAX 8 9M-LRR (pictured).
Adelaide Airport’s managing director, Brenton Cox, said the arrival of Batik Air into Adelaide would help grow what he says is a strong long-term market for tourism, business, and international students.
“It’s fantastic news to welcome another airline flying between our two great cities and links Adelaide into Asia through Batik’s considerable network,” Mr Cox said.
“Batik Air Malaysia offers connections through Kuala Lumpur across its network for travellers wanting to continue to other destinations throughout South East Asia, China, Japan and India. Batik is a full-service airline so baggage is included in the fare.
“The airline previously operated a one-stop service via Bali under its previous Malindo Air banner, but this is the first time it has offered a non-stop service between Adelaide and Kuala Lumpur.”
Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy, group strategy director for Batik Air & Lion Air Group, said that there is already “great demand” to Adelaide as the service commences.
“Adelaide is a popular destination among Asians, not just for leisure and tourism, but also for studying and visiting family and friends. This is indeed a timely boost to tourism in Australia,” he said.
“On the other hand, the passengers from Adelaide, Australia have option to fly to Kuala Lumpur with Batik Air and access to network connectivity such as to ASEAN destinations, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Korea and many more.”
Flights from KL to Adelaide will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, returning to KL on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Batik Air Malaysia already operates flights into Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. It is the second airline to offer direct flights between Adelaide and KL, alongside Malaysia Airlines.