Amid a strong bounce back in the international travel demand, the Malaysian based hybrid carrier, Batik Air, formerly know as Malindo Air, will be resuming it’s operations from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar (ATQ).
Starting September 9th 2022, Batik Air will resume its operations from Amritsar, with 2x weekly non-stop services to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL). The airline will be steadily ramping up its services between the two cities, with 3x weekly services in October and 4x weekly from November onwards.
Batik Air will be deploying it’s, Boeing 737-8 aircraft on this route, equipped with 12 business and 150 economy class seats.
This comes after the Singapore Airlines low-cost subsidiary airline, Scoot, resumed it’s services to Amritsar from Singapore (SIN) in February 2022. Scoot at present is operating over 5x weekly Boeing 787-8 services between Singapore and Amritsar.
Before being rebranded as Batik Air, Malindo Air, first commenced it’s services to Amritsar in late 2015. It was the longest route for the airline from Kuala Lumpur during then. The airline was also the first South-East Asian carrier to launch its operations from Amritsar.
The Amritsar’s South-East Asian and Australian markets were highly potential that, after Malindo, Scoot launched it’s operations from Amritsar in early 2016, which was followed by Air Asia X in the year 2018.
According to an estimate, over 1,500 people were travelling daily between Amritsar and South-East Asia and Australia in 2019 with all the above carriers. In March 2020, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amritsar had lost all it’s connectivity with these carriers due to the restrictions imposed.