Malindo Air, a full-service carrier owned by Lion Group of Indonesia, launched its direct connectivity from the city to Kuala Lumpur with five flights per week in the initial phase.
The city became the eighth destination for Malindo Air in India after Delhi, Amritsar, Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai (through another Lion Group airline Batik Air), Trichy and Trivandrum.
GM (sales and development) of Malindo Air, Ramdas Shriram said that the airlines flies to 54 destinations across various cities and Asia and Australia.
"We hope to get a load factor of 90 per cent during the peak season out of Kolkata", he told reporters here on Tuesday.
Tourism Malaysia director in Delhi, Sulaiman Suip said that in the first half of the current year nearly 3.07 lakh tourists visited Malaysia, an increase of 14.7 per cent.
"Our target is to attract one million tourists by 2020", he said.
The other carrier which has a direct flight from Kolkata to Kuala Lumpur was no-frills airline Air Asia.
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