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Malaysia wants to boost Indian air capacity

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Malaysia Airlines is one of four Malaysian carriers operating to India (photo by Nokuro)
Malaysia Airlines is one of four Malaysian carriers operating to India (photo by Nokuro)

Malaysia has open discussions with India about the expansion of its flight capacity.

The Bernama news agency reported the country’s Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, as saying that he wants to double the amount of seat capacity offered to Malaysian carriers from 20,000 to 40,000 seats per week.

“As our airlines have fully utilised this seat allocation, we have commenced discussions with India to expand the current allocation by an additional 20,000 seats per week,” Liow was quoted saying.

Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, AirAsia X and Malindo Air currently operate flights to 24 Indian destinations. The minister also said Malaysia was hoping to expand to new destinations such as Coimbatore, Madurai, Pune, Vijayawada, Mangalore, Surat, Chandigarh and Srinagar.

“India presented tremendous growth potential as the ninth largest civil aviation market worldwide valued at approximately US$16 billion. It is well on track to become the third largest aviation market by 2020,” Bernama reported Liow as saying.

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