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Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur Flights by Malindo Airlines will be operating daily flights between Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur from February 7, the Malaysian airlines officially announced on Friday.

The arrival of Malindo Air is likely to trigger a price war on the busy trip destination as it plans to offer heavily cheap flights promotional airfares. According to the carriers online website, its promotional one-way airfare starts from (Rs 10,874) RM 398 for economy class and (Rs 17,689)  RM 648 for business class, inclusive of free baggage allowance, in-flight entertainment and light refreshment or full-service meal.

The average cost for airfares on the Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur sector is Rs 23,100 one-way while it jumps to more than Rs 28,100 during the peak season. Currently, 3 carriers, Nepal Airways, Malaysia Airlines and budget airlines Air Asia X, offer direct services on the destination route with a combined 33 flights per week. Similarly, Biman Bangladesh, Jet Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines operate flights to Kuala Lumpur from their respective main hubs.

Malaysia Airways charges Rs 28,001 one-way while the air tickets on Nepal Airways and Thai Airways is around Rs 24,002, travel agencies said. With Malindo Air’s entry and Nepal Airways planning to boost its frequency to 3 daily flightsd, there will be 47 flights per week on the route destination. Malindo Airlines is a joint venture between Malaysian and Indonesian businesses. It has been called a hybrid carrier for being between a budget carrier and a legacy airline in terms of services and air tickets.

Trade Travel entrepreneurs mentioned that jetsetters on the sector will be able to cash in on a new round of low-cost air fares as carriers are likely to go head-to-head in a new price battle wars to attract customers, particularly from Nepali migrant workers.

A new low drop in oil prices is also another reason why carriers are likely to cut rates. The new Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu route has emerged as the one of the most lucrative sectors for carriers with a continuous surge in the number of Malaysia-bound migrant employees. An average estimate shows that around 500,200 Nepalis are presently working in Malaysia. Malindo Airlines has entered Nepal with an aggressive plan of attack and is winding up its air ticket war with a promotional offering.


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