| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 13 Jan 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Malindo Air will fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Lahore, the Pakistan city which was once the capital of the Sikh empire under Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The four times weekly flights to the capital city of the province of Punjab in Pakistan will commence on 3 March 2016, on the heels of its three weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Amritsar which began in October 2015.
Tickets went on sale yesterday. A return ‘economy promo’ journey, the cheapest available option, would cost about RM2,250 (inclusive of taxes and travel insurance), according to checks at its online portal by Asia Samachar.
“We are elated to extend our reach to Lahore and for being the only Malaysian-based airline to offer direct services between Kuala Lumpur and Lahore. The route will also signify one of our furthest route yet from Kuala Lumpur using our young fleet of Boeing 737-900ER aircraft,” Malindo Air CEO Chandran Rama Muthy said in a statement released yesterday
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air Asia, the two biggest airlines in Southeast Asia, does not fly to Pakistan while Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has Karachi, the capital of Pakistan, on its routes.
For Sikh travellers, Lahore can be the launchpad for them to visit places like Panja Sahib, famous for the rock said to embedded with the hand print of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith. It is usually associated with the story of Walli Qandhari.
SEE ALSO: First visit to Panja Sahib – DAWN
Sikhs can also check out some of the historical places connected to the Sikh Gurus and its recent past, as highlighted in a recently published book entitled Lost Heritage – The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan by Amardeep Singh.
The flight will depart KLIA2 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 5.30pm and touch down at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore (LHE) at 8.15pm. The return flight will depart from Lahore at 9.05pm and arrive in KLIA2 on the next morning at 5.50am. The flight time is 5 hrs and 45 minutes.
Lahore is the second largest metropolitan area in Pakistan and 16th most populous city in the world, the statement said.
Bookings can be made online at malindoair.com or for smartphone devices at mobile.malindoair.com or via the Malindo Air App available for download on Google Play and App Store.
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