Batik Air to start direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Amritsar


Amid a strong bounce back in the international travel demand, the Malaysian-based hybrid carrier, Batik Air, formerly known as Malindo Air will be resuming its operations from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar (ATQ).

Starting September 9 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 is a subsidiary of the Lion Air Group which also operates Super Jet, Wings Air, Batik Air Indonesia, Biz Jet, Thai Lion Air and Lion Air.

Batik Air will be deploying its, Boeing 737-8 aircraft on this route, equipped with 12 business and 150 economy class seats.

This comes after Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary airline, Scoot, resumed its 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.

“The lifting of international border restrictions presents airlines and travellers with new opportunities. With the abolishment of the mandatory quarantine, and the ability to now travel freely between India and Malaysia, Batik Air is very excited to introduce our new connectivity to more cities in India. We are offering Batik Air’s services with better value and great experience.”

Capt Mushafiz Bin Mustafa Bakri, CEO, Batik Air

Before being rebranded as Batik Air, Malindo Air first commenced its 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.

Batik Air also resumed services to Trichy after its previous announcement in July 2022.

Amritsar’s South-East Asian and Australian markets were high potential, after Malindo, Scoot launched its 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 lost all its connectivity with these carriers due to the restrictions imposed.

(With Inputs from FlyAmritsar Initiative)