KUALA LUMPUR- Flag carrier Malaysia Airlines (MH) is poised to enhance connectivity between Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and Amritsar, a revered city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, through the launch of a new service.
This route spans a distance of 2,657 miles (2,309 nautical miles) and links Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) with Amritsar’s Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport (ATQ).
Malaysia Airlines Amritsar Flights
Presently, Batik Air Malaysia exclusively provides nonstop flights on this route, with a frequency of three flights per week.
In a significant development, AirAsia X has revealed its intentions to reintroduce a four-times-weekly connection starting from September 3, utilizing Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The low-cost long-haul carrier had previously operated this route until April 2020.
Subsequently, Malaysia Airways is poised to enter the market on November 10, offering two roundtrip flights per week utilizing Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Seventh Indian Destination
This will mark Amritsar as the seventh Indian destination for the Oneworld alliance member, complementing its existing services to Bengaluru (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Cochin (COK), Hyderabad (HYD), Mumbai (BOM), and New Delhi (DEL).
The introduction of AirAsia X’s renewed service and Malaysia Airlines’ entry into the market is expected to expand the available capacity significantly. Consequently, the number of roundtrip seats between Kuala Lumpur and Amritsar will surge from approximately 970 to over 5,000 per week.
Situated around 15 miles east of the border with Pakistan, Amritsar is home to a population of approximately 1.4 million individuals. The city boasts the renowned Golden Temple, a spiritual and heavily visited gurudwara that holds immense significance within the Sikh faith.
The city is directly connected to nine international destinations, including Birmingham, Doha, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino, Sharjah, and Singapore Changi. This signifies a notable increase from the six destinations served during the same period in 2019.
According to data from Sabre Market Intelligence, the largest overseas market for Amritsar in 2022 was the United Arab Emirates, contributing approximately 350,000 two-way O&D passengers.
The UK followed as the second-largest market with 136,000 passengers, while the U.S. accounted for 47,500 passengers.
Malaysia Airlines flights are scheduled to operate from KUL on Mondays and Fridays, with departure at 11:00 p.m. and arrival at 2:30 a.m. the following day, according to information from OAG Schedules Analyser.
The return service from ATQ is set for Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing at 3:30 a.m. and arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 11:45 a.m.
At present, reservations for this route are not yet available. The airline’s sole existing connection to Amritsar is facilitated through a codeshare agreement with Vistara (UK), which involves a route via New Delhi.
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