Breaking new ground: Air India’s Delhi-Kuala Lumpur service enhances global access for Malaysian travellers

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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Air India will operate daily direct flights between Delhi and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia using a two-class Airbus A320neo aircraft from 15 September 2024. The new route will not only provide new travel options for the growing traffic between India and Malaysia, but also strengthen Air India’s presence in Southeast Asia, providing Malaysian travellers better access to its global network.

The World Travel and Tourism Council’s 2024 Economic Impact Study highlights that it will be a landmark year for Malaysia’s tourism industry, which is expected to surpass its pre-pandemic performance in economic contribution, employment and domestic tourism spend. The industry is expected to contribute RM198.7 billion to the national economy, up 1.6% from 2019 and accounting for 10.5% of GDP. Employment in the industry is also expected to grow to more than 2.4 million, up 5.2% from last year and 5.3% above its 2019 peak.

Domestic tourist spending is expected to reach RM106.5 billion, a significant increase compared to past years, while international tourist spending is expected to rise to RM93.7 billion, up 27.8% from 2023, but still 6.2% below 2019 levels.

This growth is supported by the Malaysian government’s “Visit Malaysia 2026” initiative, a strategic plan to attract tourists from around the world in the coming years.

This new service will strengthen the burgeoning tourism and trade links between India and Malaysia. In addition to catering to passengers’ needs for direct travel between the two countries, the route will also provide a convenient one-stop connection from Europe and North America, making it easier for travellers from the US, Canada, UK and Europe to access Malaysia’s tourist attractions via Delhi.

Air India currently operates direct flights from India to five destinations in Southeast Asia – Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Yangon in Myanmar. Bookings for the new Kuala Lumpur flight are now being accepted on the Air India website and through travel agents globally.

Tags: Air India, airline news, daily direct flights, Delhi, economic impact study, global network, Indian airline news, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, new routes, South East Asia, tourism sector, World Travel & Tourism Council

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